Arsene Wenger picks up talented Brazilian.
Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £3.5 million move for Fluminese forward Wellington Silva.
16-year-old Brazilian impressed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during a trial in Dec 2008.
The player’s agent, Rodrigo Pitta, said: “We completed the transaction last week. The player is already Arsenal’s and Fluminese have already received some money.”
Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid have also been monitoring the striker, who was one of Brazil’s star players at the U17 World Cup.
However, Arsenal appear to have the won the race to Wellington’s signature, although he will not be allowed to join up with the club until his 18th birthday, in January 2011. (Telegraph)
Whilst it would seem that Arsene Wenger has an infinite supply of fantastic youthful options coming through at the Emirates via their academy, scouting systems and youth teams it appears Arsenal saw enough in Brazilian teenager Wellington to snap him up.
The Fluminense striker was reportedly being chased by a great many big sides across Europe but clearly the chance to play under the Gunners boss would have been too tempting to turn down. The £3.5m fee is a relatively large one given the player’s age but the north London club have done their homework and were suitably impressed by the youngsters performances at the Under 17 World Cup where the nippy striker was one of the few highlights of an ultimately unsuccessful competition for the Brazilians who failed to make it out of the group stage.
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal’s deal allows them to field the player out on loan in the English leagues so that the starlet can get used to playing in English conditions. Wellington has been likened to fellow Brazilian Ronaldo but clearly it is far too early for such heady comparisons to be made.