West Ham United have signed the playmaker Manuel Pellegrini was looking for.
According to an announcement made through the club’s official channels, The Hammers have signed Pablo Fornals to a five-year contract this Friday. The 23-year-old Spain international will join the club once he ends representing Spain in the Under-21 European Championship.
“A creative, technically-gifted playmaker with an eye for goal, Fornals joins the Hammers from Villarreal, for whom he has excelled in both La Liga and the UEFA Europa League”, a statement on the club’s official site. And that description couldn’t have been more accurate, as Fornals settled himself as one of the top attacking midfielders in La Liga over the past term.
A player with lots of experience despite his young age, Fornals has already made over 150 senior appearances throughout his career and has also settled himself as a regular in the Spain national team over the past year following the arrival of Luis Enrique. Those traits – and more – were just some of the reasons why Barcelona were reportedly after him over the past few months.
However, he decided to join West Ham. And he’s now the club’s second most expensive signing of all-time, just behind Felipe Anderson, after The Hammers paid Villarreal €28 million for his services.
Fornals registered two goals and three assists in 35 La Liga appearances for Villarreal during the 2018/19 season.