With the signing of Fabio Blanco, Eintracht Frankfurt has once again achieved a coup on the transfer market. The 17-year-old right winger, who evokes parallels to a prominent predecessor, has been associated with numerous top international clubs and could provide a congenial wing duo for the Hessians.
FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, FC Bayern, BVB, Manchester City, Manchester United, FC Chelsea, Juventus Turin, AC Milan or Olympique Marseille: If such a long line of renowned teams is said to be interested in a player, but Eintracht wins the contract Frankfurt, this is undoubtedly causing a stir.
While it was with FC Bayern and Borussia from Dortmund according to information from SPOX and goal There were no concrete talks, the people in charge of Marseille should say the Blancos parents Sport1 have even visited at home.
With the youngster from FC Valencia, who would still be eligible to play for the U19 of the SGE, the Hessians hope to have landed another future high performer who also does not cost a transfer and could increase its market value many times over with appropriate development.
The lead in the negotiations was once again chief scout Ben Manga, who, following the departure of sports director Fredi Bobic, will be promoted to director of professional football and will be given additional skills. The 47-year-old had a decisive influence on the transfers of players such as Sebastien Haller, Evan N’Dicka and, most recently, Ali Akman.
Blanco makes SGE rave: “Extraordinary”
“His technical skills are exceptional, his way of playing football and anticipating situations in the game are outstanding.” In fact, Blanco has many of the qualities that made his potential counterpart on the left, Filip Kostic, a fan favorite: good start, qualities in one-on-one, pulling towards the goal and strengths in flanking and finishing .
Nevertheless, Manga also knows that at this age, players need time and “the opportunity to develop and develop”. One thing is clear: Blanco, who will receive a contract until 2023 including an extension option, is planned for the Bundesliga team, but not too much pressure should be placed on him. After all, he has not yet played a single game for the professionals of his home club.
Much more important for Eintracht than an exact number of appearances is to have set an example with the coup of the high status they have earned among up-and-coming talents on the international market. Manga has “with this commitment once again demonstrated its feeling for top talent and its excellent networking in top European football. We will continue to consistently pursue this path,” said CEO Axel Hellmann.
Blanco himself also emphasized the influence of Manga on him and his family, in Frankfurt he wanted to develop “also in the personal area”. In addition, he already speaks very good English and is diligently learning German – the best prerequisites for seamless integration.
In Spain, he is expected to develop similarly to that of city star Ferran Torres or Pedri from FC Barcelona, who have comparable facilities. Torres, also from the Valencia youth team and a role model for Blancos, left the bats before the current season and started immediately in Manchester – although he was three years older at the time of his move.