Arsenal have confirmed the signing of 17-year-old Joel Ideho from Ajax.
The winger – a Dutch youth international – moves to London Colney to bolster our Academy ranks following a raft of loan departures.
News of Ideho’s arrival comes a day after we recruited 18-year-old Swede Nikolaj Moller from Malmo and agreed terms with Hertha Berlin for defender Omar Rekik, who will join in January.
Looking ahead, due to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, it is unlikely the club will get the chance to recruit under-18 talent from the continent for the foreseeable future.
Currently, Fifa bars all players under 18 from moving to a foreign club but makes an exception for those aged 16 and 17 moving within two countries in the European Economic Area. Our access to that ends on 31 December.
For context, Nicolas Anelka, Cesc Fabregas, Nicklas Bendtner, Wojciech Szczesny, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli were all brought into the Arsenal family at a young age as a result of their European passports.