Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign highly-rated prospect Maximiliano Romero according to the striker’s agent Rolando Zarate.

The 17-year-old is likely to remain in Argentina for two more years before joining the Gunners’ first team squad in a deal similar to Joel Campbell’s transfer in 2011.

News of the deal was leaked last month by Romero’s agent with Spanish source Todo Mercato Web also reporting that the transfer will soon be confirmed.

“Maxi has huge potential,” Zarate said in quotes translated by Marca.

“I went to London to talk about Arsenal’s offer, and then took it back to [Velez president] Raul Gamez.

“Arsenal agreed to our main terms: that the player remains at Velez for two more years.

“Maxi is going to complete his apprenticeship at a great club like Velez. I met with Arsene Wenger twice in London. I negotiated with him and then with his assistants.

“They heard about Maxi Romero through their scouts in America. He was the player who most impressed them.”

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