Gunners 'poised' to land Spanish U17 starlet - reports

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to make another Spanish raid, with reports claiming the Gunners are 'poised' to sign Real Madrid teenager Jose Rodriguez.

The 16-year-old could follow in the footsteps of Jon Miquel Toral and Héctor Bellerín, who have moved to the Emirates from Barcelona earlier in the summer.

Rodriguez would also be following in the footsteps of Ignasi Miquel and Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas were he to join the Gunners, moving to north London at an early age from his homeland.

It's reported in The Daily Mail that Rodriguez impressed Arsenal chief scout in Spain, Francisco Cagigao, during the recent U17 World Club Championship in Madrid, and was invited to the club to view the facilities and youth team quarters in England.


The report goes on to claim that the youngster held talks with Fabregas, who advised the midfielder that his progression would be helped at Arsenal, who would look to take the player through its youth and reserve team ranks before challenging for a first team place.

Real Madrid are thought to be keen on keeping the player at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the opportunity to sign professional forms with Arsenal on his 17th birthday makes a move to the Barclays Premier League outfit a realistic possibility.

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