Monday, 30th January, 2012
Arsenal and Real Madrid have joined Valencia in the hunt for Alcoyano youngster Lucas Torres.
The 17-year-old forward plays for the Valencia-based team, who currently find themselves in Spain’s second division, and has shown much promise.
Alcoyano have a partnership agreement with Valencia which gives the Mestalla powerhouses first refusal on the club’s talents – but this has not stopped Arsenal and Real Madrid getting involved in the race for Torres.
Indeed, Real Madrid have stepped up their scouting of the talent, with a view to keeping tabs on Torres’ progress as a precursor to a potential swoop.
And Los Blancos have been joined by Arsenal, who have noted the 17-year-old’s skills while checking up on their own forward, the Brazilian Wellington Silva, who is on loan at Torres’ side Alcoyano.
That there is much interest in Torres has been further confirmed by Alcoyano president Juan Serrano Morillas, although he stressed the side’s agreement with Valencia counts for much.
"The interest in the player has not gone beyond asking about his situation, even if that interest is increasing", said Serrano Morillas.
"Valencia have priority with the player, as this is the club that has an agreement with Alcoyano."
There are sure to be more twists and turns in the saga as Torres continues his development.