A few days ago we covered a report from France Football claiming Arsenal had sealed a deal with Lens for 16-year-old striker Yassin Fortune.
According to L’Equipe (via Matt Spiro), our raid on the Lens academy hasn’t stopped there with Arsene Wenger also capturing 17-year-old midfielder Jeff Reines-Adelaide. We knew little about Fortune and even less about this chap, but it’s fair to assume he fits the ‘one for the future’ category.
It’s believed we’ve shelled out €4 million for the teenage duo; funds that could go some way to helping the French outfit avoid bankruptcy.
Lens have been mired in controversy since earning promotion from Ligue 2 last season and after a January ruling were set to be relegated for financial irregularities at the end of this season. Their fate was sealed on the pitch at the beginning of May after months of tottering along at the bottom of the table.
Such is the current state of affairs at the Stade de la Licorne they’re even facing immediate relegation from Ligue 2 if they don’t sort out their problems. An overview of the complicated situation can be read here.