A talented Portuguese youth international is reportedly poised to leave Chelsea and sign for one of the Blues’ fiercest London rivals.
Sixteen-year-old Domingos Quina – seen here scoring for his country’s Under-17 side in a 7-3 victory over England last August – is on the verge of joining Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the move could be completed this week.
Arsenal should be delighted if Quina does join them, as The Independent report that the player was also wanted by Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.
The Independent also say that Quina generally operates in the no.10 role.
Mesut Ozil currently occupies that position in the Gunners attack, and Quina’s chances of displacing the German in the near future would appear to be slim, although AS did report last week that Barcelona are keeping tabs on Arsenal’s chief playmaker.
Considering that he has yet to play in a senior game and does not turn 17 until November, it is likely that Quina will be seen as a star of the future – rather than the present – if and when he arrives at Arsenal.
However, Arsene Wenger has proven many times that he is not afraid to throw youngsters into his first team.
Conversely, very few academy players have successfully made the leap into Chelsea’s senior squad in recent years.