Arsenal are yet again on the lookout to reinforce their youth systems with Sebastian Perez and Matthias Ginter the latest targets.
Perez travelled to North London over the weekend to start a trial at the club. The Colombian officially began his trial today and posed for pictures with club captain Thomas Vermaelen. The midfielder won the Colombian league with Atletico Nacional, becoming the youngest player to do so and earned his chance to star for one of Europe’s finest, with PSG and Juventus also interested.
Arsenal scouts were present at the U20 World Cup in Turkey and were impressed with his performances leading to a trial. Should Wenger and co. be happy with what they see then a £5 million is expected to make the trial permanent. His move is expected to come with complications with work permit issues being the main problem.
The Gunners have dealt with this problem before with the likes of Carlos Vela and most recently Joel Campbell being loaned out while a work permit is granted, Ryo Miyaichi also had permit issues at the start of his Arsenal career. The same is likely to happen to Perez, if he manages to earn a deal.
The second target is Freiburg’s Ginter. The Bundesliga club have expressed their intent on keeping him but the lure of Arsenal may be too strong to keep him there. Negotiations have already begun between the two sides with Francis Coquelin moving to the German side on loan.
He has had a prominent rise from the academy to the first team and is regarded as one of the club’s promising talents. He is a natural defender but has been deployed in the holding midfield on many occasions.
Despite Arsenal’s need for more stellar name signings, the Gunners are continuing to explore the hidden youngsters of the world in the hope they can develop another star player.