According to Super Deporte, scouts from Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal travelled to Spain this week to watch Valencia youngsters Jesus Vazquez and Cristhian Mosquera.
The Spanish under-19s faced Austria in the elite round of the under-19 European championships earlier this week and the game ended in a draw. Spain squandered their 2-0 lead but two of their defenders still managed to catch everyone’s eye.
Vazquez and Mosquera both started on the left side of a back four and although they conceded twice in the space of 13 minutes, they were described as ‘outstanding’ after the game by the Spanish media outlet.
Scouts from Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City were all in attendance and it has been claimed that they all took notes about the two talented youngsters.
Mosquera and Vazquez are both products of Valencia’s youth system and they’ve broken into the club’s first team as well.
Vazquez, a talented 19-year-old left-back, has played 10 times for Valencia’s senior side this season. He impressed after replacing the injured Jose Gaya earlier this term and has since been given opportunities higher up the pitch on the left-wing as well.
Mosquera, on the other hand, is still only 17. The central defender has played five times in all competitions this season and is regarded by many in Spain as an outstanding player with the potential to reach the very top.
Valencia B team coach Miguel-Ángel Angulo told The Guardian about Mosquera in October last year: “He’s characterised by a physical condition and good technical qualities, powerful in the air, and mature for his age.”
He was also described by the outlet as ‘physically imposing, accomplished in bringing the ball out, quick, and with excellent anticipation’.