Arsenal, Tottenham among long list of suitors for diminutive Mexico winger

Date published: Tuesday 3rd November 2020 3:12 - Samuel Bannister

Tottenham and Arsenal are among seven Premier League clubs in the hunt for Mexican winger Orbelin Pineda, according to a report.

Pineda plays for Cruz Azul in the Mexican top flight, where he has established himself as a key player. He won two trophies with them in 2019 – the Supercopa MX and Leagues Cup.

His potential has already been clear for English sides to see. Four years ago, Manchester City wanted to sign him, but could not convince him to join.

Now, Pineda may be ready to make the move to Europe – and several people in the game think he is capable of doing so successfully.

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According to 90min, a host of Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on him.

The website claims the London trio of Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham are all in the hunt. They add that Everton, Wolves, Southampton and Newcastle are also keen.

However, Pineda also has four suitors in mainland Europe – and it is claimed that that may be a more likely destination.

Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are among Pineda’s list of suitors. Ligue 1 side Monaco and Portuguese champions Porto are also interested.

Pineda proving himself as playmaker

Pineda has scored eight goals and added seven assists in 68 games for Cruz Azul. He has also stood out for his work rate and ability as a playmaker, according to the report.

Pineda stands at just 1.69m tall, but is renowned for his dribbling ability.

The 24-year-old is under contract until December 2021, giving Premier League clubs an idea of the timeframe in which they should bid for him if they wish to.

Cruz Azul signed him from Guadalajara for more than £10m in 2019, but could turn a quick profit on the player, who has 23 caps and two goals for Mexico.

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