Gunners 'close' to securing teen midfielder signing

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Arsenal are closing in on a deal to bring Swedish teenager Kristoffer Olsson to the club.

The 16-year-old IFK Norrkoping midfielder enjoyed two trials with the Gunners last season, and after impressing the coaching staff in north London is set to complete a permanent move to the Emirates.

"I can confirm that the transfer (to Arsenal) is close to being sealed. I won't comment on any sums, but of course we are happy with the deal," IFK Norrkopings sporting director Tony Martinsson told

"We are pleased, but of course we would have preferred to have seen Kristoffer stay in Norrkoping and evolve to a first-team player.

"He wanted to take this chance and we will not stand in the way."

Olsson will join the Arsenal academy on arrival in north London, and is likely to compete for selection in Steve Bould's under 18 side.


Competitive opportunities are likely to be limited outside of the Premier Academy League with the young Gunners, although the FA Youth Cup might provide a wider audience with an opportunity to see the teenager at Arsenal should the move be completed.

Olsson will join former Barcelona pair Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin at the Emirates if he completes the Gunners switch, meaning competition will be fierce as ever within the junior ranks at Arsenal.

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