Highly-rated teenage striker Martin Graiciar has confirmed he will fly to England on Saturday with a view to completing a deal with Arsenal.
The 15-year-old, who currently plies his trade for Czech side Viktoria Plzen, announced on his Facebook page that he will spend two weeks with the Gunners - and during that time he expects to complete a medical before competing in two youth games against Southampton and West Ham.
It will be the second time Graiciar, whose progress has also been monitored by Chelsea and Real Madrid, has visited Arsenal. His first trip, back in December 2013, saw him undergo a trial with the north London outfit.
Graiciar confirms news on Facebook
And now, according to the youngster, Arsenal are ready to commit to a deal.
“Today I spent last day in school, where I had to fulfil my study requirements, before my way to England,” he wrote on Facebook. “I will fly on saturday at 14:45. I will be there for two weeks in Arsenal, where I should complete my physical(medical) examination, two matches: against Southampton and West Ham, and some days I should train with A-team.”
Previous trial with Arsenal
During his first trial with the Gunners, Graiciar reportedly scored a hat-trick for the club’s Under-16 team and impressed the club’s youth coaches with his power and finishing ability.
It was reported in February that Arsenal were wiling to pay £200,000 to seal the transfer - but the exact amount that will be paid to Viktoria Plzen is currently unclear.
Arsenal's second January signing
Graiciar is expected to become Arsenal’s second signing following the arrival of Polish defensive midfielder Krystian Bielik.
The 17-year-old will undergo a medical with the Gunners today - and an announcement to confirm the deal has been completed is expected within the next day or two.
Graiciar, however, is nowhere near ready to play for Arsenal’s first team and is likely to spend a lengthy period in the club’s youth teams before being considered ready for senior football.
It’s possible that he will be loaned out to another club - either in England or overseas - before he makes his senior debut for the Gunners.