Arsenal have raided Barcelona to sign exciting Germany youth international Georgios Spanoudakis.
The 15-year-old, who was highly-rated in Barca’s famed La Masia academy setup, rejected a host of other offers to seal a move to the Emirates Stadium this week.
A cultured central midfielder with an eye for a pass, Spanoudakis joined Barca in 2009 from Eintracht Frankfurt and has since played for the Catalan club’s various youth teams.
He has been capped for Germany at Under-15 and Under-16 level but is also eligible to play for Greece, with some suggestions that their FA has already been in touch about transferring his nationality in the future.
Spanoudakis will join Arsenal’s Under-18 team for the new season but is seen as a real prospect for the future.
He follows in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin and Julio Pleguezuelo in moving to Arsenal from Barcelona.