Arsene Wenger has reportedly completed a deal to bring RC Lens teenager Yassin Fortune to the club, with the starlet signing a three-year-deal, according to France Football.
Wenger is constantly scouring his native country for talent and after a relative period whereby the boss had decided to recruit from Germany and Spain instead, he’s found another gem in Fortune, according to the report.
France Football suggests that Fortune is considered as the future of French football and the youngster currently plays for the Lens U-19 team.
According to regional reporter Robin Bairner, we beat off competition from many top clubs in order to convince Fortune to commit his future to Arsenal.
France Football are reporting #Arsenal have signed Lens youngster Yassin Fortune. Midfielder, 16-years-old. Several top clubs were chasing.
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) May 18, 2015
This development concurs with recent reports in the Daily Mail, which reported in February that Manchester United were very interested in prizing Fortune to Old Trafford. The Red Devils, as the article suggests, felt they had the upper hand due to the Lens wonderkid sharing an agent with academy star Timothy Fosuh-Mensah.
However, it seems as though we have won the race to sign the sought after midfielder with the timing of his arrival yet to be determined.
Many may frown upon Wenger’s continuous search for the next best star instead of buying ready-made talent, but it says more about his love for our club than any potential deficiency in his managerial qualities.
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The fact that the boss wants to safeguard our future, a future he may not be part of, is quite admirable.
When asked by the legend Martin Keown; in what state did he want to leave our club in, Wenger responded (via BBC Sport):
“In a strong, healthy position.
“That means a club that has good players, good youth [coming up] behind and a strong financial position to go further up and develop even more. I will do that, you can believe me.”
We will forever be indebted to Wenger, even after he’s long gone.