Arsene Wenger is reportedly poised to make Spanish teenager Fransisco Alcacer his first signing of the soon-to-be-opened transfer window.
Ever heard of him? No – me neither but apparently a long line of scouts from a whole host of Premiership sides have been left in awe at the sight of the 16-year-old Valencia forward making light work of scoring in the recent U17s tournament in Liechtenstein.
The wonderkid, known usually and rather more simply as Paco, has scored nine goals in 12 games for his country’s youth side and could prove quite a coup for Wenger – who already possesses an excellent track record in bringing young stars-in-the-making from Spain to North London such as the eminent Cesc Fabregas.
What’s more, Valencia are believed to be quite keen on cashing in on their prodigious talent due to the serious financial problems that continue to pervade them despite the €40m sale of David Villa to Barcelona.
The likes of Nicholas Bendtner and Robin Van Persie can breathe a sigh of relief though that at such a tender age, Paco can safely be described ‘one for the future’ rather than an immediate addition to the Gunners’ attack and is therefore unlikely to displace them up front just yet.