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Meet Ianis Stoica, the new Mbappe Arsenal reportedly want in January

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Romanian outlet PlaySport claimed yesterday that Arsenal are interested in signing FCSB attacker Ianis Stoica in the January transfer window, and the same outlet revealed today that an £8.5 million bid is already in the works.

It’s usual for Arsenal to be linked with about five different players every day. We’re mostly said to be interested in household names, but every now and again, an unknown youngster with a big reputation makes the headlines.

Stoica, still only 18, is the one this time and here’s everything we know about the young attacker.

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Who is Arsenal target Ianis Stoica?

Ianis Ilie Stoica is an 18-year-old attacker who currently plays for FCSB and the Romanian national under-21 side.

He started off his career as a kid at Petrolul Ploiesti before making a move to Germany to try his luck at Freiburg in 2016. After a short stay there, he returned to his home country and signed for FCSB.

Stoica became the youngest player to ever play for the club in 2017 when he featured for the senior side at the age of 14. He was then sent out on loan to four different clubs, but he’s now a regular at FCSB.

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How good is Stoica?

The 18-year-old is one of the most talented players in Romania at the moment.

Stoica is hugely versatile. He has mostly played as a right-winger for FCSB, but he has shown that he can slot in on the opposite flank, up front and in attacking midfield. That sort of versatility is a boon for managers in the modern game.

In 14 appearances in all competitions this season, Stoica has scored six goals and has provided two assists. He averages a goal every 98 minutes so far this term, which is a truly sensational return for a player as young as him.

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The new Mbappe?

Kylian Mbappe is among the best players in the world today, even though he’s still only 22. The Frenchman is an inspiration to many kids out there and Stoica truly believes he can emulate the PSG star.

In an interview not too long ago, Stoica was asked to name the player he was similar to. The teenager boldly replied: “I think Mbappe!” (Football London)

That sort of confidence is never too bad for a young player but it’s now time for him to back his claims.

A move to Arsenal may well be on the cards in the near future, but the road to the first team at the Emirates is a long one and very few players make it there.

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