Real Madrid have recently completed the signing of a young Paraguayan attacker who has been described as the ‘new Kun Aguero’.
18-year-old forward Sergio Diaz has been spoken about as one of the most promising young talents in world football for some time now and, having been linked with a move to a top European club for the past two years, Diaz has finally completed a move to Real Madrid.
The past year has been somewhat strange for the young Paraguayan as, after a move to Roma looked set in stone last summer, the deal fell through at the final hour after Diaz announced that Arsenal was in fact his real dream destination.
“My dream is to play for Arsenal, which I’ve had since I was a child,” he told Paraguay’s RGS Radio.
“My future? I am told my transfer to Roma is all but done.”
“At the moment it is still very quiet; I do not know when I will leave for Italy but in essence my move to Roma has been confirmed.”
As it transpired, the deal wasn’t quite yet done and dusted and, according to Diaz’s agent, Roma surprisingly cut all contact when all that was left to complete the transfer was for the contracts to be signed.
Speaking to Calciomercato, Patrick Jani Delmas had the following to say about how the deal fell apart;
“Roma took decisive steps to sign Diaz, but I haven’t been in touch with the club for a long time. Last summer the deal was almost done, but they then cut off all contact.
I can confirm that agreements between the two clubs, as well as between us and Roma, had been drafted. We just had to put pen to paper.”
Although Roma’s reasons for cutting contact remain unknown, one wouldn’t be surprised if the club were insulted by Diaz’s public announcement that he would prefer a move to Arsenal when he was on the fringe of completing a transfer to the Italian giants.
It seems the 18-year-old has learned from his mistake however as, upon completing his move to Real Madrid this week, Diaz took to Instagram to thank the club for signing him and to also claim that he is now with the club he ‘always wanted to play’ for.
“I thank my teammates and all the fans who have always followed me in the good and bad times as today.
” I take a big step hoping to make the most of it but I will miss Cerro and training every day with my friends and teammates a lot.
“I also thank my new club Real Madrid.
“They have trusted in me and that gives me a great opportunity to show my skills in Europe.
“I will give everything for the club where I always wanted to play” he added.
Expected to line up with Real Madrid Castilla this season (Real’s reserve side), it may not be entirely out of the question for Diaz to finally make the move to Arsenal in years to come. Given Real’s reputation for hoarding young talent and selling later at a profit, perhaps the Paraguayan may one day end up at his true ‘dream’ destination at the Emirates.