Danish teenager is a talented youngster. One to watch in tonight’s game.
There is talk that he could be the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That he was taken to Ajax but the same man that engineered the moved of Christian Eriksen from Denmark to Ajax. But he could also be the next Nicklas Bendtner.
His presence, and a few other Ajax youngsters who look promising, will at least make tonight’s game against Manchester United interesting.
Where is Alexis Sanchez’s agent?
The answer is in Munich. And depending on how you want to tell the story depends on what story you tell.
The British media have, as expected, gone with the Alexis Sanchez agent in Munich with the story going on with how he is in discussions with Bayern Munich over a move for Alexis Sanchez.
The reality is Sanchez’s agent is Fernando Felicevich. Felicevich is also the agent of Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal, who is a Bayern Munich player.
Now I might not be the smartest guy in the world, but I would suggest that Felicevich is in Munich to discuss with Bayern about his client who currently plays for them. Especially taking into consideration Vidal’s contract expires in 2019, and Bayern have just lost Xabi Alonso. He will be knocking on the door at Bayern asking for more money for his client.
I have spoken briefly before about how crazy prices are for potential and this has been highlighted once more by Real Madrid paying £38million on a 16 year old. It is stupid money.
Last week I had a debate in a Whatsapp group over our South American scouting. A friend demanded to know why we never uncover young talents from South America. I pointed out that every top player who has come to Europe, Arsenal have known about, but for whatever reason have not signed.
South Americans coming to Europe fall into handful of categories for me;
Need a work permits: It is not easy to get a work permit for the UK, in comparison to other EU countries. When you look at the migration patterns of those from the two strongest South American counties – Argentina and Brazil – their youngsters tend to end up in two countries.
Argentinean’s end up in Italy – as many have Italian heritage – whilst Brazilians end up in Portugal, and then move to Spain.
Very few teenager unknowns with no caps at international level end up in the UK.
Now Arsenal could do what they did with Carlos Vela and Joel Campbell, buy in the player than loan them out to a country until they get a work permit, but in memory, this has never worked for any club in the Premier League, not just Arsenal.
So the uncapped unknowns do not join Arsenal simply because they do not get the work permit
Expensive imports: Players like Gabriel Jesus and Neymar are talented players. These are players who would not have needed a work permit. Already capped by Brazil, they would get a UK visa based on their special talent. But then they both cost a lot of money.
Gabriel Jesus cost Manchester City £27m. The transfer of Neymar from Santos to Barcelona was revealed to have cost the Spaniards £71.5 million.
Whilst Neymar has ended up the top player and justified his fee, so many other South American’s end up failing. Gabriel Jesus has shown some ability for Manchester City, but after 10 games, it is impossible to already call him a success. He could end up the next Neymar, or could easily end up the next Pato.
From South America, and mainly Brazil, you are paying a lot of money for potential, and so often those players do no live up to their big price tags. Vinícius Júnior certainly falls into the expensive imports category. £38m for a player who can not legally join for another 2 years…
Third party ownership: Another reason why South Americans do not tend to end up in England in the early stages of their career is due to the 3rd party ownership of many youngsters in Brazil.
So many players are owner partly by the club, and partly by other parties. Whether this be hedge funds, agents, or the players own parents. This leaves a lot of people to negotiate with, and pushes the prices up.
In places like Portugal, where 3rd party ownership is ignored, clubs need only buy out the selling clubs portion, transfers are a lot easier to do.
When Neymar joined Barcelona, his parents received a €40 million from the deal. It has ended up in a long running tax fraud case both in Spain and Brazil. Very messy. You can see why clubs often avoid these deals.
Arsenal do have a scouting network in Brazil and South America, but it is such a hard market to find potential that is not overpriced and can get a work permit. £38m for a 16 year old…
A reported target for Arsenal is 19 year old Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru. He is this years Belgium top scorer. The price reported to be £6.8m.
Whilst clubs around Europe look at 18 year old Kylian Mbappe for £80+m and Brazilian wonder kids with high prices and dodgy agents, there are plenty of other, equally talented youngsters around the world who have just yet to break through, yet to become a name, and it is those we need to target.
If you are moaning about the link with Onyekuru, you probably would have moaned if last season Arsenal spent ~£10m on a 17 year old Mbappe who had scored just 1 goal for Monaco. Roll on a year and the Frenchman is the hottest property in Europe.
You can not moan that we do not uncover youngsters, then when we move for one, moan that we are buying unknown youngsters.
Personally I would rather we stayed away from the unproven South Americans, the over-priced over hyped Europeans, and use our scouting network to find the gems.
Have a good day guys, stay safe