Arsenal win race for Swedish starlet

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Arsenal have beaten Premier League rivals Chelsea to the signature of Swedish starlet Kristopher Da Graca.

The Daily Star reports that the 15-year-old will join the Gunners next summer, after impressing manager Arsene Wenger during a trial in north London back in August.

And, the defender revealed that he will put pen to paper on a deal at the Emirates Stadium in the coming weeks, propelling him from Swedish fourth division team Hisingbacka FC to the Premier League.

"Arsenal are a big and good club," he told

"I've had a chance to become a good soccer player, it feels good. At first though I will have to train with them in my own age. It could be next week or the following week.

"Moving to England is confirmed but not this year. I will move there the summer of 2014. Me and my dad wanted me to [get my] education first."

Hisingbacka chairman Thoman Albinsson confirmed that a deal had been struck with the Gunners, admitting he couldn’t block such an opportunity for the player.

"Yes, we are in full agreement with Arsenal. We had some discussions but now we are in agreement. One must think of the player as well and see more than just numbers. We are a pretty small club and do not want to stop him,” said Albinsson, according to the paper.

"We did get more than their initial offer, so to speak, and for a club in our division it is obviously good money. The agreement also increases on clauses. It is a package."

Chelsea were another club to take a look at the talented teenager, with Da Graca also spending time with the Blues on trial.

However, manager Jose Mourinho has lost out to his capital rivals, with the Blues academy failing to land a potential star of the future.

How much Chelsea may rue this transfer miss remains to be seen, but the Stamford Bridge chief will be hoping Da Grace doesn’t come back to haunt him in the future.

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