Arsenal academy star, Elijah Dixon-Bonner has turned down a new contract at the Emirates stadium to join Liverpool.
Dixon-Bonner took to social media to “confirm his new contract with rivals Liverpool, after been offered a scholarship term to remain with the Gunners”.
The 16-year old midfielder – who will ‘now spend the fulcrum of his development’ working at the Melwood academy – shared pictures of him signing his contract with Liverpool – with the Reds’ shirt behind him – on Instagram.
According to reports, the news of the transfer came in as a shock to Arsenal’s chief Andries Jonker who is in charge of the youth system.
The Gunners are however likely to get some compensation in return. “Arsenal are expected to receive nominal compensation for Dixon-Bonner, who shared pictures of him signing for Liverpool at their Melwood training ground”(Metro).
Dixon-Bonner also was also delighted after completing the move to Liverpool. “I’m proud to be joining such a great club and look forward to starting my new journey”, he wrote via his Instagram.
The former Arsenal prodigy becomes the fifth young player to move to Merseyside this summer following the arrivals of Paulinho, Joe Gomez, Bobby Adekanye and Brooks Lennon (IBTimes).
Elijah Dixon-Bonner’s decision to move to Anfield might have been because of the recent promotions to the first team of Liverpool academy stars, Jordan Ibe and Jerome Sinclair. With this, Dixon-Bonner will be sure that if he performs admirably, he will also get a first team chance.
Another Liverpool academy graduate is Raheem Sterling who has been tipped to leave the Reds this summer.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are still in the hunt for a striker, with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke top of their list.