Arsenal and Tottenham go head-to-head as the north London clubs are considering an approach in signing Real Betis winger Alvaro Vadillo, according to the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old came up through the ranks of the Spanish side's academy and is believed to one of the brightest prospects coming out of their youth system.
Vadillo became the youngest player to start a La Liga match at the age of 16 years, 11 months and 16 days. And his style of play has seen him being dubbed as the new Cristiano Ronaldo. The Spaniard was a part of the squad for the under 19 European championship, where his side lost to France in the semifinals.
The report claims Europe's top clubs have been closely monitoring the winger, with Arsenal and Tottenham leading the race for Vadillo's signature. The Premier League champions Manchester United were once interested in signing the youngster and had their £2.5m bid turned down by Betis.
Vadillo was injured in his first season in top flight football after colliding with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. He was out of action for six months and in this period the winger engrossed himself in learning English before returning to full fitness.
Meanwhile, the Spanish side's manager Pepe Mel revealed that there has been an offer from a foreign club, but refused to reveal more details on the same.
"We are studying offers for him and there has been a concrete one recently from a foreign team. But if he is worth €4million today after playing 30 matches then, for example, he could be worth €12million and so on," Mel explained.
Andre Villas-Boas has Gareth Bale on the left wing position, who has strongly been linked with a move to Madrid. The Spanish capital club are preparing a world record bid over £100m for the Welsh international as their manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed talks are ongoing between two clubs.
Both Arsenal and Spurs are keen on signing Vadillo during the transfer window as the player's age and transfer fee fits with their transfer policies. The winger made 14 appearances in the La Liga last season, managing two assists in the process.