Real Madrid and Valencia linked with Vélez youngster Delgadillo


There were very few reasons to cheer for Vélez Sarfield in 2015 after their policy of selling their best players to be replaced by inexperienced youth division products ended in El Fortín limping to 27th in the 30-team Primera table. This has since cost Miguel Ángel Russo his job but it did provide a closer look at several of the talents coming through the academy who could yet play an important role in either the club or at least the finances. One such player is 18-year-old Nicolás Delgadillo, who made his debut this season and is now being linked by the Argentine press to Real Madrid and Valencia.

More precisely the name being linked to Delgadillo is super-agent or blight of modern football, depending on your point of view, Jorge Mendes. The Portuguese agent to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodríguez and Falcao has been viewing a possible deal for the Vélez youngster to continue his development in Europe.

There has been no offer and at this point, Vélez do not even have a valuation so Delgadillo will supposedly be part of new manager Christián Bassedas’ squad when they return for pre-season training in January. However, Vélez as much as anyone in Argentine football would be willing to discuss this if a quick profit on an academy product could be made.

Delgadillo only made his senior debut midway through the season as a second half substitute in the defeat to San Lorenzo but went on to notch up fifteen appearances before the end of the campaign. A wonderfully taken goal against San Martín and three assists is a decent return for a teenager trying to get to grips with top flight football in a side in disarray. An exciting left-sided attacker, Delgadillo has the pace and trickery one would expect from a South American winger but obviously any talk of a switch to Europe is grossly premature.


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