Arse­nal to prise Quina from Chelsea

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - TOTAL FOOTBALL - By Sam Wal­lace

Arse­nal be­lieve they have won the race to sign the 16-year-old Por­tuguese prodigy Domin­gos Quina, who is sought af­ter by a host of Premier League clubs.

Quina was signed by Chelsea’s academy at the age of 13, from the Por­tuguese club Ben­fica, but has not com­mit­ted to the Lon­don club for a schol­ar­ship deal. He can­not sign a pro­fes­sional con­tract un­til the age of 17 and any deal with Arse­nal will guar­an­tee that.

Quina is a No 10 who plays for Por­tu­gal Un­der-17s and im­pressed in re­cent games in­clud­ing against the Eng- land Un­der-17s. He was born in the west African na­tion of Guinea Bis­sau but brought up in Por­tu­gal.

It rep­re­sents a coup for the Arse­nal academy who have tra­di­tion­ally not com­peted with the likes of Chelsea and Manch­ester City for the top teenage ta­lent in Europe and be­yond.

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