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Arsenal are set to announce the first signing of Unai Emery’s reign after PSG sensation Yacine Adli agreed to join the club, according to reports in France.
The 17-year-old, whose playing style has been likened to Adrien Rabiot, is one of the Ligue 1 champions’ highest rated youngsters and the club had been desperate to convince him to stay.
But L’Equipe report that Adli rejected very lucrative terms to remain in Paris and has instead committed to join Arsenal, who will be required to pay a compensation fee.
An official announcement from the club is expected shortly, where he will become ex-PSG boss Emery’s first signing, with the Spanish coach aware that his contract was expiring this summer. He has starred for PSG’s youth teams for a number of seasons, but Emery was prepared to promise the game time that the French side could not to swing the deal.
Adli plays predominantly as a central midfielder, though it was his performances on the wing in the Under-17 World Cup that really impressed Arsenal. Despite being in an unfamiliar role, Adli recorded five assists in the tournament – more than any other player in the competition.
Adli also took the UEFA Youth League by storm, impressing Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, though Arsenal stole a march on all others suitors. Adli trained with the first team several times at PSG, impressing the likes of Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe, and finally made his debut on the last day of the season against Caen.
The youngster is not the only new arrival at the Emirates over the coming days, with the Gunners also on the verge of announcing a deal for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis.