Arsenal 1st Official Signing

Arsenal have completed the transfer of ACS Poli Timisoara’s teenage midfielder Vlad Dragomir.

Arsenal have completed the transfer of ACS Poli Timisoara’s teenage midfielder Vlad Dragomir.

Arsenal took time away from the ongoing talks with Petr Cech to announce the signing of 16-year-old Vlad Dragomir, in a deal believed to be in the region of £100,000.

The Romanian midfielder was unveiled this afternoon as Arsenal presented their first official signing of the summer transfer window.

The signing of Dragomir emphasises Arsene Wenger’s clear approach of unearthing and nurturing young talent from the very bottom of the footballing scale.

Dragomir is a 16-year-old Romanian midfielder signed from ACS Poli Timisoara. Whilst captaining his country at U16 level, with the midfielder attracting interest from big clubs across Europe including Inter Milan and Monaco respectively.

 Wenger wouldn’t have signed him because of his goal scoring record, but for his sheer determination to learn the ‘beautiful game’ and to be up there with Romanian greats like Gheorghe Hagi.

It is believed that the youngster, who only turned 16 in April, will come to North London as a scholar, playing for one of the finest clubs in Europe, which Dragomir happily admitted in an interview after putting pen to paper.

It is believed the Romanian found Arsenal the most attractive proposition as they are renowned for giving young players the chance to showcase their talent in the first team.

According to his agent, Catalin Sarmasan, who posted photos of his client signing for Arsenal on Facebook recently, said Wenger had monitored Dragomir for over a year whilst pondering on whether to make a bid.

In an interview with Prosport, he said, “I proposed Vlad to Arsenal a year and a half ago, during which they have monitored him closely since.”

Arsenal have completed the transfer of ACS Poli Timisoara’s teenage midfielder Vlad Dragomir

Arsenal have completed the transfer of ACS Poli Timisoara’s teenage midfielder Vlad Dragomir

There is no doubt Dragomir will be one for the future, joining that long list of youngsters that have risen through the ranks at the Emirates under Wenger, the man with an eye for talent.

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