Athletic Club Continue To Monitor Monaco Starlet Robert Navarro
Athletic’s unique player policy has often been seen as restrictive. It’s true that the Lions can’t go out and buy any player, but this self-imposed philosophy is the heartbeat of the club. A narrowed focus has helped Athletic bring in some of the very best young talent from around the Basque Country and every summer the club is looking to sign even more promising players.
Last summer the prize was Nico Serrano. The teenager joined Lezama from Villarreal and was an instant star. Serrano helped lead the Athletic Juvenil B team to a league title, made his debut for Juvenil A, and was a regular starter in Spain’s U16 team. It comes as no surprise that Athletic are constantly able to sign young players with immense potential as the club keeps a close eye on everyone who qualifies for the player policy.
One footballer that has had Athletic’s attention for a while now is Monaco starlet Robert Navarro. Born to a Navarran father and Catalan mother, Navarro was raised in Barcelona but attended Osasuna’s academy between the ages of 8-11. Training at a Basque youth academy meets the Athletic player policy and the club has been watching the dazzling midfielder very closely since he played for La Masia.
Last summer Navarro left Barcelona after the club failed to give him opportunities that were promised. Arsenal, Juventus, and Manchester City were all hoping to sign the teenager before he eventually reached an agreement with Monaco. In January Navarro became the youngest player to ever debut in the French league at just 16 years and 8 months old.
Navarro is unquestionably one of the top young players in the country. He’s a regular starter in the Spain U17 team and is already proving at Monaco that he has a bright future ahead. The 17-year-old normally features as a central attacking midfielder, is great with the ball at his feet, and passes the ball exceptionally well. His vision is well beyond his years and his ability to create chances is stunning.
Athletic’s continued interest in Robert Navarro comes as no surprise. Signing the starlet would be a massive move for the Zurigorri, though it is extremely unlikely. As Javier Beltrán of AS has pointed out, Monaco’s asking price for the 17-year-old would be extremely high and many other clubs are also watching. For now, signing Navarro is a wishful dream for Athletic, but the Lions will keep one eye fixed on the Monaco starlet.