Sky Sports have reported that Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign 16-year old Peruvian starlet Andy Polo from Universitario.
‘Who?’ seems to have been the general reaction to the news, so if you want to know more about Arsene Wenger’s latest prodigy then read on for 10 Things You Need to Know About Potential Arsenal Signing Andy Polo
1. He was born on the 29th September 1994 in Barrios Alta, Lima, Peru, to Amador Polo and Marisol Andrade.
2. He joined Universitario’s youth ranks in 2004 at the age of nine.
3. His nickname is ‘La Joya’ (The Jewel)
4. He scored three goals in four starts for Peru in the 2011 South American U-17 Championship. Peru were eliminated at the first group stage. He had scored once for Peru in the 2009 South American U-15 Championship.
5. Soon after the U-17 Championship he made his first team debut for Universitario, starting in a 1-0 win over Alianza Atletico on the 24th April. He then scored his first goal a week later in a 5-0 drubbing of Cienciano. Breaking onto a ball over the top, he nodded it forwards, powered away from a defender and steered a superb left foot half volley into the top corner. His left is his weaker foot!
6. He scored three goals for the Universitario team that won the inaugural U-20 Copa Libertadores in June.
7. He is a pacey forward, who does good work cutting in from wide areas and possesses a ferocious shot. Strikes the ball well off either foot, although he is naturally right footed.
8. He was thought to be close to signing with Italian side Udinese earlier this summer, with Rayo Vallecano and Valencia also holding an interest.
9. His idol is Johan Fano, who was in the Universitario starting eleven when Polo made his debut for the first team, while he names Paolo Guerrero as his favourite national team player
10. Peru coach Sergio Markarian has called up Polo, along with three other young players, to be part of his squad for the upcoming couple of friendlies against Bolivia.