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Arsenal now ‘lead’ Spurs in race to sign wonderkid compared to Sergio Busquets

Arsenal are currently leading the race to sign highly-rated young midfielder Arthur Vermeeren.

Arsenal have been tracking Arthur Vermeeren for some time.
According to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, the 18-year-old Royal Antwerp midfielder is likely to make a move at some point in 2024.

The Belgian wonderkid is certainly a huge talent, having previously been likened to Barcelona legend Sergio Busquets.

Despite his youthful age, he is already a key figure for Royal Antwerp, and has racked up 46 appearances in the Belgian top flight in his career to date.
Of course, it would be a big ask for the teenager to come to the Emirates Stadium now and hit the ground running, but there is certainly a need for Mikel Arteta to already be planning for the long-term future of his team in the middle of the park. With Thomas Partey, Jorginho, and Mohamed Elneny all coming towards the end of their playing careers, it would be wise of the north London club to start seriously considering long-term investments in that part of the pitch.

As one for the future, Vermeeren would be a hugely exciting addition to the Arsenal squad.
When should Arsenal make a move to sign Arthur Vermeeren?

Now, according to journalist Graeme Bailey, speaking exclusively to HITC, Arsenal “actually lead the race” to sign Vermeeren, as things stand. Though, there is plenty of interest in the teenager from elsewhere, with Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona also keeping tabs on the twice-capped Belgium international.

That being said, Arsenal are unlikely to make a concerted effort to sign Vermeeren this month. As Romano has also reported, the Gunners are looking to focus their efforts on acquiring a left-back and a striker in the current January transfer window. A midfield rebuild is unlikely to begin before the end of the current season. It will be fascinating to see, though, if Arsenal make a formal move to secure the services of Vermeeren in the summer.

There are number of talented young midfielders on the books at Arsenal. Vermeeren is a more developed talent than the likes of Charlie Patino and Myles Lewis-Skelly, but both are highly thought of within the club and are products of the Hale End academy system. Signing Vermeeren could block their path to the first team, which is certainly a fact that Arteta will take into consideration. Ultimately, though, if the Spanish coach decides that the Royal Antwerp man is the player required to take Arsenal to the next level, then he will surely make a concerted effort to sign him when the time is right.

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