Arsenal academy star Kido Taylor-Hart now looks set for a permanent move away, with the player closing in on a move to Portuguese side Estoril.

That’s according to journalist Luca Bendoni, who has revealed that the 20-year-old is in talks with the Portuguese club over a move, which would see a sell-on clause inserted as part of any deal.

Taylor-Hart is yet to feature for the first team but has stood out at youth level, scoring 16 times in 70 games across the academy sides. He earned praise from Arsenal legend David Seaman, who described him as “brilliant” following a training session.

In a summer where fellow academy star Ethan Nwaneri has committed his long-term future to the club, there were bound to be some major departures from the academy and Taylor-Hart is one who will now leave in search of more first-team opportunities.

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Arsenal’s academy conundrum

Despite the success of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, as academy graduates who have become first-team players, there is now a difficult path to the first team for Arsenal’s promising talents.

When the likes of Saka broke into the first team, Arsenal were languishing in the league, and competing in the Europa League. This meant there was a much easier path to regular first-team action.

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Now Arsenal have a large squad stacked with quality, ready to compete at the top of the table and in the Champions League, it is much more difficult for even the best talents to gain an opportunity, as shown by the loan exit of Charlie Patino and the mooted sale of Folarin Balogun.

If Taylor-Hart can perform well at Estoril, then the sell-on clause in his contract could benefit Arsenal in the future, as seen with Konstantinos Mavropanos’ move to West Ham, and he will gain the chance to play regularly for a team in the Portuguese top-flight.

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