‘Unwanted exit’: Villareal manager gives Liverpool or Arsenal hope of £38m deal.
Unai Emery is not happy with reports that Villarreal winger Yeremy Pino could leave for Premier League giants Arsneal or Liverpool, telling Stadium Astro that ‘unwanted exits’ are possible.
It only took the silky Spain international 49 minutes of the new La Liga season to demonstrate why Mikel Arteta is such a fan. Yeremy Pino showed substance as well as skill by breezing past a nearby full-back with a trademark burst of acceleration; a devilish cross piercing the so-called ‘corridor of uncertainty’ was gratefully snaffled up at the back post by Nicolas Jackson.
Pino, at the age of 19, already has four caps for the Spanish national team. Last term, he became the youngest-ever player to score a hat-trick in the first-half of a La Liga match.
And with Villarreal focusing on making a fast start to the new campaign, reports linking the likes of Pino and Juan Foyth with a departure in the final two weeks of the month have Emery again making that age-old argument.
Is it really fair to expect clubs and managers to go about their business not knowing which players will still be at their disposal in September?
“The market closes on August 31st,” sighs the former Arsenal boss, the build up to Villarreal’s UEFA Conference League qualifier with Hajduk Split dominated by transfer speculation. “And it does not make much sense.
“In England they wanted to change the date, but in the end it was detrimental to the English market. The logical thing would be close at the beginning of August.
“What can affect us is that there may be unwanted exit movements. What harms (us) the most is something unforeseen; A significant clause payment or an offer a player considers very attractive.”
Chelsea, according to Fabrizio Romano, likes Yeremy Pino. Meanwhile, Liverpool has scouted the teenage forward’many, many times.’
Pino’s contract includes a near-£70 million release clause. Goal, on the other hand, believes Villarreal may accept as little as £38 million.
“If offers for players like Yeremy Pino arrive,” Emery admitted last week, “he will have to leave.” “As a club, we have a responsibility.”