Spanish Football Transfer Rumours
Arsene Wenger could be about to sign another Catalan teenager, if reports in the Barcelona press are correct. Mundo Deportivo claim that Arsenal’s Spanish scout, Francis Cagigao has identified 15 year old Ignasi Miquel, who currently plays for Cornellà, as the next Spanish starlet to follow in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Fran Merida to the London club .
According to press reports, the player’s representative Joseba Diaz, Francis Cagigao and Arsene Wenger are currently holding talks at Arsenals London Colney training ground, with a view to a possible agreement with the youngster who will turn 16 in October.
Ignasi Miquel is a promising left footed defender who has flourished since recently making the switch from left back to the centre of defence. His height (1,93) and reading of the game make him an ideal central defender who is particularly strong in the air. (See the defender in action here (wearing number 23).
He played in FC Barcelona’s junior ranks for five years but failed to convince coaches that he had a future at the club. However, since leaving Barcelona, Miquel has undergone a transformation at Cornellà and recently starred at the heart of the defence for the Spanish under 16 side in Portugal. His recent performances, it is claimed, have led to a revived interest from Barcelona and an impressive list of Spanish clubs, including, Valencia, Villarreal and Atlético Madrid. El Mundo Deportivo also claim that Wenger’s enthusiasm for young talent has also convinced Miquel to choose Arsenal ahead of interest from Manchester United and Celtic.
Francis Cagigao is Wenger’e eyes and ears in Barcelona and has established himself as a reliable source of information since spotting the potential in both Fabregas and Merida. The scout was born in London, to Galician parents, and played in Arsenals youth system. Cagigao subsequently moved to Spain and spent several years playing for Barcelona B, before retiring from playing and going on to work as a coach at 3rd Division Lemos. He has since become one of Wenger’s most trusted, and prized, acquisitions.