Arsenal target flattered
Gunners linked with deal for Real Zaragoza starlet
Last Updated: April 1, 2010 9:06am
Herrera: Arsenal target
Real Zaragoza starlet Ander Herrera admits he is flattered by reported interest from Arsenal.
The Gunners are understood to be keen on sealing a deal for the Spain Under-21 international midfielder.
The Basque-born 20-year-old only made his first-team debut last August, but is already considered one of the best young prospects in La Liga.
Arsenal are believed to have been scouting Herrera for a number of months and even Arsene Wenger's No.2 Pat Rice is reported to have made a couple of personal checks on him this year.
Now Zaragoza have confirmed Arsenal's interest in signing their star youngster.
"The interest in Herrera is true, but if Arsenal want the kid they must pay his true value," Zaragoza president Agapito Iglesias is quoted as saying.
Spanish sources claim Arsenal have lodged a bid of €10million (£8.8million), but this has been rejected as Zaragoza want at least €15million (£13.3million) for the player who has a buy-out clause of €24million (£21million).
Talks between the two clubs are thought to be continuing and the player himself admits he is honoured by the talk, but he insists that he is only concerned about keeping lowly Zaragoza in La Liga.
"It is a compliment to see a great club looking at me, but I would say Arsenal is like a dream," he told AS.
"But all these questions are pointless, Zaragoza remains my priority - nothing and no-one will divert my attention.
"Of course you hear things, but my agent is not going to say anything that might divert my attention before the end of the season in Spain.
"My only goal now is to help save Zaragoza, but then if there is something we shall see."