Arsenal have agreed a £3m deal for the double signing of highly-rated Lens youth stars Yassin Fortune and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, according to reports from France.
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French media outlet Lensois.com report that Arsenal have secured the signatures of 16-year-old attacking midfielder Yassin Fortune and 17-year-old forward Jeff Reine-Adelaide.
Fortune, a versatile midfielder, who can also play as a striker or a winger, was a target for Manchester United – yet the lure of working with Arsene Wenger was key in his decision [via the Express].
Meanwhile, Reine-Adelaide, an exciting forward, has made appearances in Lens’ under-19 team this season.
The pair will team up with the Gunners’ under-21 squad.
Despite the duo unlikely to feature in the first-team for some time, Lens have one of the finest academies with a reputation for producing some of the most outstanding young talent in France – which should leave the Gunners faithful excited ahead of their arrival.
Geoffrey Kondogbia, Raphael Varane, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Serge Aurier, Thorgan Hazard are some of the most impressive products to come out of the Les Sang et Or youth setup, having earned big-money moves across Europe following their success at the Stade de la Licorne.
Arsene Wenger also has a history of buying and nurturing top talent from his native country with Gunners legends Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, as well as current Emirates stars Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin, among his most high-profile French signings.