Arsenal Beat Chelsea In Race To Sign Starlet
It seems Arsenal have got one over their local London rivals Chelsea, after it has been revealed that Feyenoord’s highly rated youngster Kyle Ebecilio has chosen to join the Gunners and turned down a move to Stamford Bridge.
The 16-year-old midfielder is available on a free transfer, with only £500,000 in compensation being awarded to Feyenoord, and will leave the club on July 1st after being tracked by a number of clubs in recent months, with Arsenal and Chelsea leading the race.
However, it seems Arsene Wengers record of bringing through young players into the first team has persuaded the Dutch under-17 international to chose Arsenal ahead of their rivals. Feyenoord technical director Leo Beenhakker admitted there was very little he could do to hang on to their starlet with so many big clubs interested in him, and revealed that the player is on his way to Arsenal.
We did what we could do by offering the kid a contract on time,’ he said.’But he wanted to wait, again this is his right. That he now goes to Arsenal means we only get a training allowance.’
This may not be the high-profile signing Arsenal fans have been waiting for, but most Gooners will be happy to beat their rivals to another sought-after youngster.
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