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Arsenal nearly signed Real Madrid’s Fede Valverde ‘for £2.7m’ but made big transfer gaffe | Football | Sport


Arsenal reportedly blew their possibilities of securing the signature of Federico Valverde back in 2014, prior to his move to Real Madrid which has propelled his profession. The Uruguay international is seen as some of the exciting young midfielders in world football and is now deemed unsellable by Los Blancos.

Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Valverde over the summer because it soon became clear that they lacked depth in midfield, with reports in Spain claiming that Jurgen Klopp’s side saw an £85million bid for the playmaker rejected. And Arsenal will regret missing the chance to sign the rising star seven years ago.

In keeping with AS, the Gunners reached a verbal agreement with the representatives of Valverde to secure his signature, with all parties keen on the move. The 24-year-old is assumed to have even travelled to north London and trained with the primary team after Arsene Wenger was beneficial the midfielder by scout Francis Cagigao.

Nonetheless, despite ‘shaking hands’ on a move, Arsenal decided to place the transfer from Club Atletico Penarol on pause – the largest mistake that the club could have made. Shortly after that, Valverde shone on the South American under-17 Championship, capturing the eye of Madrid with seven goals over the course of the tournament.

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Speaking after Valverde scored within the Champions League against RB Leipzig recently, Ancelotti said: “What was strange last 12 months was that he only scored one goal, within the Super Cup, I feel. If you happen to can’t get a player like that to attain at the least 10 goals in a season then it’s best to rip up your coaching badge and retire.

“Because he has a rock of a foot. Tonight, he took the shot together with his left foot. I’ve never seen him shoot like that together with his left, so it shows he’s confident in his abilities, and he has quite a lot of abilities. He’s greater than just energy. But, to say he’s best on this planet in his position, we may need to attend somewhat longer.”

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