According to Goal.com, Arsenal are ready to offer a contract to Norwegian free agent George Lewis after the 19-year-old impressed on trial back in March.
Charles Watts reports that the Rwandan-born winger has been kicking around in Norway’s lower divisions before a brief spell at Ipswich Town brought him to the UK.
It’s unclear where we spotted him and how long we’ve been tracking his progress but he must have done well at London Colney to impress Mikel Arteta’s coaching team.
If a deal is completed, it’s said that Lewis will join up with the under-23s rather than the first team.
George Lewis' agent says the winger will sign for Arsenal ahead of next season, with the player (Norwegian winger) having previously said the same. I'm always sceptical about what agents say but he seems adamant the deal is done. pic.twitter.com/pCpyoBXKX8
— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) April 21, 2020
Whoever our scouts are in Scandinavia, they’re obviously keeping themselves busy.
Another youngster, Ismet Lushaku, who plays for Swedish side AFC Eskilstuna has revealed he was due to undertake a trial with the under-23s before Mikel Arteta’s coronavirus diagnosis saw the club go into lockdown.
“It was a little tough [for it to be cancelled], but it was still good [having the invite],” the 19-year-old Kosovan midfielder told fotbollskanalen.com.
“Health comes first, even though I’d really wanted to see how a club like Arsenal trains. It was a bit sour that it didn’t happen but my chance will come again if they are really interested.”
It remains clear when the next transfer window will open. In the short-term, Arsenal’s main priority is sorting short-term contract extensions for all the players on loan, both at the Emirates and further afield.
Deals to keep Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari shouldn’t be too complicated, especially with us expected to sign them permanently and Dani Ceballos seems happy enough to play out the rest of the Premier League season.
With Ligue 1 cancelled, William Saliba will be able to train with Arsenal from 30 June although he won’t be eligible for any matches until next season.
Konstantinos Mavropanos, who joined Nurnberg in January, says he’s excited about the Bundesliga season restarting, Besiktas are keen on keeping Mohamed Elneny for another year and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is enjoying his life in Rome.
Emile Smith Rowe (Huddersfield), Deyan Iliev (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Jordi Osei-Tutu (Bochum), Joseph Olowu (Cork City), Ben Sheaf (Doncaster Rovers), James Olayinka (Northampton Town) and Tyreece John-Jules (Lincoln City) are the other players out on loan.