Transfer rumours, even when they are concerning young players, always have to be treated with a degree of scepticism, but there certainly seems to be some truth regarding reports linking Sam Greenwood with a move to either AC Milan or Juventus.
Greenwood joined Arsenal last year from Sunderland but still hasn’t put pen to paper on the professional contract that he was widely expected to sign when he turned 17 in January.
Instead, the talented forward is still tied to a scholarship deal that expires at the conclusion of the current campaign, meaning that, as things stand, he would be able to leave for free next year.
The likes of Yunus Musah, Xavier Amaechi and Stephy Mavididi, to name just some, have left Arsenal for foreign clubs recently, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Greenwood is the next name to join that list.
Arsenal will hope to convince the England youth international to stay, especially after he produced some excellent performances last season as the young Gunners were crowned champions of the southern section at U18 level.
Despite preferring to play up front, Greenwood made a major impact on the right wing last season as he caught the eye with his superb technical ability, fine crosses and excellent finishing.
During pre-season the prospect was involved with the U23 squad, but he hasn’t featured for the second-string since the real action has got underway, instead finding himself remaining part of the U18 setup.
If opportunities with the U23s aren’t forthcoming in the near future, and it will be difficult for him to get ahead of the likes of Folarin Balogun and Tyreece John-Jules in the pecking order, then Greenwood may well consider his options.
Greenwood’s situation will certainly be one to watch as the campaign progresses, and it is hoped that he won’t become the latest Arsenal youngster to head elsewhere.