Arsenal have confirmed that Chuba Akpom has completed his move to Greek side PAOK Salonika.
The England under-21 international moves for a fee in the region of £2 million and has signed a 3 year contract.
While the fee may look quite small for a player of considerable promise, reports in the Greek press claim the Gunners have inserted a sell-on clause that could see us net an additional £8 million at some point in the future.
— PAOK FC / ΠAOK (@PAOK_FC) August 3, 2018
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 3, 2018
Chuba made his first team debut for the Gunners as a substitute a 3-1 win over Sunderland in September 2013 but only made 11 further appearances in the ensuing five years.
In fairness, he’s spent a lot of time away from the Emirates taking in loan spells at Brentford, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Hull, Brighton and Belgian side Sint Truiden.
In a statement on Twitter, Akpom wrote: “Wow. Leaving Arsenal after 16 years. From playing in the streets of Newham, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have the honour of playing for Arsenal.
“I want to say a massive thank you to everyone associated with this amazing club, especially you amazing fans who have always supported me. Excited for this next chapter in my career. Let’s go! Once a Gunner, always a Gunner. Arsenal forever. Thank you.”
PAOK secured safe passage to the Champions League 3rd qualifying round last night with an impressive 3-0 away win against Basel. Chuba could be feasting at Europe’s top table should they get through the next round.
All the best Chuba…or as they say in Greece, καλή τύχη.