Zambian will join Gunners in January.
Chipolopolo defender Stoppila Sunzu is set to join English Premier League side Arsenal after Zambia’s participation at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Sunzu told fazfootball.com on Monday that talks between Arsenal and TP Mazembe Chairman Moise Katumbi had reached an advanced stage.
“I will be travelling to England to sign a deal with Arsenal after the friendly game against Tanzania. As we speak, Mr Katumbi’s personal consultant Salomon Eskadela is here in Zambia waiting to travel with me to England,” said Sunzu.
“I don’t know the details of the deal yet because I have not discussed with both Arsenal and TP Mazembe. However I spoke to both Mr Katumbi and Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger who assured me that I would not be going to London for trials but to discuss personal terms and possibly sign a contract.”
Sunzu’s January move to Arsenal will cap off a meteoric rise for the young defender, which began when he represented Zambia at the 2007 Under-20 Fifa World Cup in Canada. The then 18-year-old was invited for trials at Premier League side Reading but the move did not materialise due to problems attaining a work permit.
Before joining TP Mazembe in 2009, Sunzu had represented Chateroux , Zanaco FC and Konkola Blades, so he will hope to finally set down in North London if Arsenal can complete the deal.
Sunzu is among the the most decorated players in Africa, having won the Zambian Super League with Zanaco, the Congolese Super League, the CAF Champions League and the CAF Super Cup with TP Mazembe before winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia.
Sunzu, who can play at centre-back and defensive midfielder is unlikely to feature for Arsenal in the league this season, as he adapts to the pace and physicality of the English game but, at 23, the powerful centre-half has time on his side.
Sunzu may not have face quality opposition domestically but he has battled the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba in his 32 appearances for Zambia, so will be aware of the quality he will face in England.
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