Picture of new signing Hugo Keto after he signed his scholarship pic.twitter.com/NYzJmjeqax
— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) July 4, 2014
Arsenal have held off interest from Liverpool to secure the signing of highly-rated HJK Helsinki goalkeeper Hugo Keto.
The 17 year old is a Liverpool fan and spent time with both academies, but Liverpool expected the young stopper to sign with them. However, Arsenal have hijacked the deal and the Finland Under-19 international has now signed a three-year deal at the Emirates after passing his medical this week.
This has reportedly come as a surprise to the Reds who were expecting him back on Merseyside next month to sign for them. The youngster has been capped three times by Finland at U-16 level and impressed whilst on trial with Arsenal in April.
The keeper is rated as one of the most talented young players to come out of Finland in recent years and observers have commented that he has excellent reflexes. He stands at 6 ft 3 in and already has the build of a Premier League goalkeeper, but Arsenal fans face a long wait before they can see him in action for the first-team.
It’s the second youth team signing this week, after the club won the race to sign former-West Ham United player Ben Sheaf. The England under-16 international left the Hammers to join his younger brother, also on the books at Arsenal.
The Gunners still require a first team goalkeeper to compete with Wojciech Szczesny however.
But, welcome Hugo!