Yeremy Pino have been linked to Liverpool during the current transfer window, and a new development has emerged on the club’s pursuit of the player.
What’s the latest?
Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly in a bidding war to sign the Villarreal winger this summer, according to popular Spanish news source Marca (via Paisley Gates).
According to the report, both Liverpool and Arsenal are still interested in the young player, whose transfer valuation is about €50 million (£42 million). And should a deal be completed in the next few weeks before the transfer window closes, it would represent a club record transfer for the La Liga team.
Divock Origi repeat
Sadio Mane, Taki Minamino, and Divock Origi have all left Anfield this summer as a result of Liverpool’s ruthless outgoings policy in their forward line. As a result, there may be a chance to improve the depth of the team’s attacking prowess.
If the rising star from Villarreal, who primarily plays on the right wing, were to transfer to Merseyside, it is unlikely that he would be given a starting spot as the team already has Mohamed Salah, one of the best attacking players in the world, manning the right flank for the Liverpool squad.
Pino might play more of an Origi-style role in the forward line now that the 158-goal Egyptian winger has extended his stay at the club until 2025 as he has experience playing across the entire forward line, not just on the right.
Origi, who joined the Merseysiders at the age of 19, eventually rose to the status of cult hero among the fans after turning in outstanding performances as a substitute, with his most infamous outings occurring in the 2019 Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s swiftly taken corner, which the Belgian goal machine converted into one of the most famous Liverpool set-pieces in the club’s history, helped Liverpool advance to the Champions League final, where they defeated Tottenham Hotspur to win their sixth championship in the prestigious competition.
Pino, who like Origi could also be 19 when he joins the Reds, is no stranger to iconic performances in European competitions. In fact, when Villarreal won the Europa League in 2021, Pino was the youngest player ever to do so.
Due to his growth at the club, he has also received high praises from his boss.
When Pino scored four goals in just 53 minutes against Espanyol last season, becoming the youngest player to ever score a first-half hat-trick in La Liga history, Unai Emery hailed the playmaker as “competitive,” underscoring his already iconic status in Spain.
“Yeremy is a 19-year-old boy who has a lot of maturity for certain things. He is competitive, brave and always wants more.”
Also hailed as “special” by Fabrizio Romano, it’s clear this talented prodigy boasts all the tools to go far in the modern game.
Having said that, the signing of Pino might be a wise move for Liverpool, especially in light of the team’s potential beyond the current squad. For now, he could step into Origi’s shoes by turning in the type of outstanding sub performances that have made the team successful.