Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal to sign young goalkeeping ace Joao Virginia, after fending off strong competition from Manchester United for the player’s signature.
Metro reports that United thought Virginia was within their grasp after the Benfica youngster had a trial with them earlier this year but Arsenal have now appeared to have seal the deal to sign the Portuguese.
Some reports in Portugal claims the 15-year old has signed for Arsenal on a four-year contract although the English club have not confirmed the deal.
In the meantime, Sport Witness submits that another Portuguese newspaper A Bola says the player can not have put pen to paper on a deal with Arsenal as he is not able to sign professional terms until he is 16 years old which he would be in October this year. They however still maintain Virginia will still sign for Arsenal and will travel to England to commence training with Arsene Wenger’s side until October when he will be eligible to pen a professional contract. That will make the Emirates be the second English training ground the young goalie will be visiting having gone for a trial at the Carrington training ground which belongs to Manchester United too.
However, Benfica are not happy with this deal as Virginia will be the third youth prospect to leave the Portuguese side this summer.
Virginia follows Donyell Malen and Ismael Bennacer as Arsenal’s recent signing in the few days. He will be expected to put in impressive displays in order to earn an Arsenal first team berth in future, just as the case was with Wojciech Szczesny now on loan at AS Roma.