Arsenal expected to sign Chelsea starlet Domingos Quina this week

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Arsenal could seal a deal for Chelsea's exciting young talent Domingos Quina within the next 48 hours after talks moved into an advanced stage, according to the Daily Mail.

Quina, a Portugal Under-17 international, is highly-rated at Chelsea's Cobham training HQ but he looks set to abandon the Blues in search of better prospects of first-team football.

Several of the Premier League's biggest clubs, including Tottenham, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs had been hoping to steal him away from west London, but it now appears as though Arsenal have won the race.

The Gunners have been talking with Quina's representatives for some time and are believed to be closing in on an agreement that will see the midfielder become the second Chelsea player to make the switch within the last year.

Petr Cech moved to the Emirates last summer after losing his place in the Stamford Bridge goal to Thibaut Courtois and has since rekindled his very best form under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger.

The 16-year-old was brought to Chelsea from Benfica three years ago and is not eligible to sign professional terms until he turns 17. However, he has refused to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Blues and has instead looked to seal a move away.

Academy record

Chelsea have a notoriously poor record of converting academy stars to first-team regulars. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Terry are the only players in the current squad to have come through the academy from a young age while Bertrand Traore recently bridged the gap too.

However, the vast majority of Chelsea's young stars have found themselves farmed out on loan to nondescript clubs across Europe, which Quina appears not to fancy.

On the other hand, Arsenal's Wenger has never hesitated to give youth a chance, recently fast-tracking teenger Alex Iwobi to the first-team, starting him in recent games against Barcelona and Everton.

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