According to Meu Timão, who cover news of Brazilian side Corinthians, Luigi Gaspar, son of Edu, will leave the São Paulo outfit to join Arsenal’s Academy.
The 15-year-old, who has represented Corinthians since he was 8, signed a first contract with the club a year ago, but will now end the arrangement so he can join his father in London.
Arsenal contrata filho de Edu Gaspar; se liga https://t.co/DS2AT2fxKv
— Meu Timão (@MeuTimao) July 30, 2019
As he’s not yet signed professional terms there will be no fee involved. That said, apparently, FIFA rules state that Corinthians will be entitled to 1% of any future transfer.
In a message posted on Instagram, the youngster wrote: “Well, today I can say that it is one of the hardest days of my life and the hardest decision I have ever made…I don’t even know where to start writing this message but come on!
“Today I am here to inform you when I left S.C. Corinthians, where I was a club where I was raised as a person and as a man, where I spent most of my time in my life, totally dedicated to the club! It’s 8 years of my life wearing this cloak!
“So today, I come to inform everyone that this will be my last day as an athlete of this wonderful club, I wouldn’t say last because I’m sure I’ll always have the doors open here!”
We’ve no idea if Luigi is viewed as a serious prospect or not. We suspect it’s more a case of the Gaspar family unit being kept together. Which is fair enough, really. Good luck to him in London.