The Swedish youngster has had trails with a number of Premier League teams such as Tottenham, Aston Villa, and Chelsea. He then underwent a trial with the Gunners in August and impressed Arsenal’s coaching staff. The player is now set to pen a 3 year deal next year when he will become 16 years and be eligible for a professional contract.
The 15 year old is expected to sign a contract this week and has expressed his delight at the move to Arsenal and when questioned on signing the contract he said:
It could be next week or the following week.
Moving to England is confirmed but not this year.
I will move there the summer of 2014. Me and my dad wanted me to [get my] education first.
Arsenal are a big and good club.
I’ve had a chance to become a good soccer player, it feels good. At first though I will have to train with them in my own age.
Hisingbacka’s club chairman Thoman Albinsson revealed that he did not want to stand in the way of a great opportunity for Da Graca. He said:
Yes, we are in full agreement with Arsenal. We had some discussions but now we are in agreement.
One must think of the player as well and see more than just numbers. We are a pretty small club and do not want to stop him.
We did get more than their initial offer, so to speak, and for a club in our division it is obviously good money. The agreement also increases on clauses. It is a package.
Da Graca is a preferably a centre back but can also ply his trade in defensive midfield and he would likely feed into the Arsenal setup at Under 18 level next summer competing in the Premier League academy league and may be at Under-19 level in the UEFA Youth League too. He will join fellow countryman Kristoffer Olsson and Jamaal Raag in the Gunners youth setup.
He is the latest addition in the Gunners extensive policy of youth recruitment under Arsene Wenger that also saw the Gunners sign Dan Crowley of Aston Villa and Julio Pleguezuelo of Barcelona join the club’s ranks this summer.
The 15 year old looks like a bright talent and his move makes a perfect sense for him considering he will get a chance to work with Wenger, who is known for getting the best out of young and budding talents. Hopefully he will have a great future at Arsenal.
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