I just wanted to provide a quick update on some transfer news that makes slightly less headlines than Ade’s imminent exit.
Firstly there is the news that Veljko Batrovic has been offered a trial at Arsenal. At the age of 15, this diminutive forward has already drawn comparisons to Lionel Messi for his style of play. Having become the youngest ever captain of Bubamara’s youth side Batrovic has attracted interest from all over Europe leading to Steve Rowley to personally scout the player in March. Nothing has been finalised yet, but Arsenal have consistently shown their ambition in adding to the quality of their academy, often outbidding their rivals so a deal could be concluded soon.
The academy looks certain to have its striking options bolstered amid reports that Fluminese striker Wellington will complete a move to Arsenal this summer. Recently elevated to the Fluminese first team, this pacey forward is highly regarded. The youngster impressed on a 7-day trial with the club over Christmas, scoring 4 in 45 minutes in a game against Norwich U-16’s. Following Wellington’s arrival in London for talks it is now thought that a deal is imminent.
Another young forward to be linked with a move to Arsenal recently is Frank Nouble. Ivorian born Nouble has been called up by England U-17’s and has just turned down professional terms at Chelsea after admitting that his opportunities to break into the first team will be hampered by the depth of their squad. Comfortable on the left wing as well as more advanced roles, Nouble could be a powerful addition to the club.
One player who has signed for Arsenal is 15-year-old Jamie Edge. The youngster plays in central roles of either midfield or defence and has joined from Cheltenham after a trial at Manchester United saw him opt to join Arsenal. Edge joins goalkeeper Sean Mcdermott and centre back Martin Angha-Lötscher in signing this summer. A number of players have already left the club in search for pastures new. These include Rui Fonte, Amaury Bischoff and Vincent Van Den Berg.
The squad for the trip to Barnet today includes:
I will be in attendance on Saturday and hopefully get an opportunity to take a look at some of these youngsters as well as new signing Vermaelen.
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