Arsenal splash out on Dutchman

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Arsenal have been forced to pay a 'training allowance' fee to Feyenoord after signing Kyle Ebecilio.

The Dutch side were left fuming after Arsene Wenger snapped up the highly-rated youngster on a free, but Arsenal have paid a one fee of €700,000 in an effort to appease the situation between the two clubs.

16-year-old Ebecilio is set to pen a scholarship deal at the Emirates on July 1st, choosing the north London club without competition from the Rotterdam outfit, who are unable to offer the player a contract due to laws in the Netherlands.

Cousin of Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma, Ebecilio held talks with the Blues and even visited their training ground before deciding against a Stamford Bridge switch. A personal phone call from Wenger is thought to have persuaded the powerful midfielder over his English destination.

Arsenal blog Young Guns reported the news on Ebecilio, who has impressed for Feyenoord’s ‘B’ team after stepping up from their Youth side last season.

The Dutch U16 international impressed Liam Brady when on a scouting mission in February, and the youngster is expected to feature heavily for Steve Bould’s Under 18 Academy side next season.

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