Huge: Arsenal ready to raid Dutch giants, ‘Next van Persie’ eyed as top target

Sankha Ghosh / 09 August 2016

Arsenal are reportedly pondering a move for PSV Eindhoven starlet Gaston Pereiro who often regarded as ‘next Robin van Persie’.

According to Dutch news outlet Brabants Dagblad, the Gunners sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old in action against FC Utrecht on Saturday. And the youngster didn’t disappoint, coming on as a late substitute to bag the winner in a 2-1 win.

Arsenal will face stiff competition for Pereiro’s signature, with Portuguese giants Porto also credited with interest.

And the Uruguayan is seemingly intent on staying put for at least another season.

He said: “For my development, I think it’s best I definitely stay in Eindhoven for another year.”

This is probably best for the youngster, allowing him to further develop his game and make the move to one of Europe’s biggest club when the time is right.

Many believe Pereiro could be a star in the future but, as with every young talent who has bags of potential, they will not amount to what is expected of them unless they work hard and make clever career choices in order to fulfill that potential.

Pereiro joined PSV in a £6m deal from Nacional last summer. He went on to score an impressive 14 goals in 39 appearances for the Dutch club last term.

The Uruguayan is a versatile attacker, a threat when played both out wide and central but at his most dangerous when coming infield from the right-hand side.

With quick feet and good close control, Pereiro is a nightmare for defenders when he starts to run at them.

This nightmare is made even worse by the physical strength that he possesses. Standing at 6’2”, Pereiro is able to hold off challenging defenders with ease, as he demonstrated with his first goal against Ajax.

Unlike some precocious young talents of this and previous generations, he has genuine end quality, as shown by his tally of 10 goals and two assists in all competitions this season.

PSV boss Philip Cocu believes that with time, Pereiro can become a complete player.