Ivan Fresneda, a superstar for Real Valladolid who has been linked to dozens of teams over the past six months, continues to be a puzzling case this summer. Despite all of the rumoured attention, the 18-year-old does not now appear to have a clear destination.
Fresneda was most recently mentioned in connection with a transfer to Bournemouth, but the rumours seemed to have subsided. They follow in the footsteps of several of the top clubs in Europe, including Barcelona, Milan, Borussia Dortmund, and Newcastle United, who have failed to buy a right-back this summer.
Fabrizio Romano still thinks that he is more likely to be moving than not, despite the lack of movement.
“Yes, I think his move remains likely,” Romano told Caught Offside.
“Rumours about Bournemouth are not confirmed, AC Milan had his name on their shortlist but they decided to focus on different deals, while Barcelona also met his agents but now working on other options (I’d always include Cancelo on their list).”
Arsenal, who acquired Jurrien Timber from Ajax, does seem to have slipped out of the running.
“Arsenal always considered Timber a versatile, smart option there; the best on the market according to Gunners board,” Romano explained on his Substack column.
One of the strongest possibilities at the position for his age, Valladolid were just demoted to Segunda in Spain, which is more likely to inspire a transfer.
La Pucela, meanwhile, just agreed to pay €12m to sell Gonzalo Plata to Al Sadd, so they are not in immediate need of cash. They can easily afford to hold out for the sum they want given the likelihood that Canadian striker Cyle Larin will also go.
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