Borussia Dortmund have signed the latest German teen sensation, paving the way for Mario Gotze to move to Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has been chasing the attacking midfielder for some time, according to reports, and the latest signing for BVB could mean it finally goes ahead.
Dortmund have previously rejected all talk of a transfer for Gotze to Emirates Stadium, but this latest signing could indicate they have resigned themselves to losing the 19-year-old.
Arsenal will be delighted to hear that 17-year-old Energie Cottbus midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt will join Borussia at the start of next season.
Bittencourt is an attacking midfielder with dual German and Brazilian citizenship and considered to be one of the hottest young prospects in Germany.
The Mirror had reported that Arsene Wenger was ready to sanction a £30million bid in the January transfer window for Gotze.
This now seems unlikely now that the Germany international’s possible replacement will not join until next season, as well as his ineligibility in the Champions League should he move to Emirates Stadium.
Michael Zorc, BVB’s sporting director confirmed the signing of Bittencourt during a press conference on Thursday.
“Leonardo will join up with the team on 1st July,” he said. “We're pleased with the fact we've been able to bring another top talent to BVB.”
Should Goetze sign for Arsenal, he would join compatriot Per Mertesacker at the Emirates Stadium.