Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Feyenoord’s Dutch under-17s midfielder Kyle Ebecilio, 16, when he becomes available on July 1. Ebecilio was also wanted by Chelsea but Arsenal beat their London rivals and will only have to pay compensation for his training costs of around £500,000.
Feyenoord technical director Leo Beenhakker said: “We did what we could do by offering the kid a contract on time. But he wanted to wait, again this is his right. That he now goes to Arsenal, means that we only get a training allowance.” The 16-year-old midfielder is free to leave the Dutch club on July 1stand has been courted by a number of top Premier League clubs in recent months. However, despite interest from the current English champions, the Netherlands under-17 international has chosen Arsenal because of Arsene Wenger’s proven track record in bringing young players through into the first team.