Manchester United have been beaten to the signature of 15-year-old Benfica goal keeper, Joao Virginia by their arch rival Arsenal. This is according to the metro. It was believed that the goal keeper would join United after he had a trial with them earlier this year.
But reports making rounds in Portugal claims that Virginia has penned a four-year deal with the back-to-back England FA cup holders, Arsenal. The sensational goal keeper is expected to be with the Arsenal academy for years to come after the gunners strengthened their goal keeping department by the summer signing of Peter cech, who has impressed in their preseason games.
Arsenal, whose Academy system has turned many young protégées into world class professional footballers is said to be the best home for Virginia. The sought after 1.89m Portugal born goal keeper has been described as a prospective world class goal keeper, who will in no distant time come good for the Emirate outfits.
Like Spain born midfield maestro Fabregas, who signed for Arsenal at the age of 16 but was eventually sold for a whopping £35m, the signing of such young players will in the end put Arsenal in a win-win situation because he might up as a number one for the club or be eventually sold for a very large sum after staying at the Emirates for so many years to come.