As reported on “Arsenal Analysis” recently, after showing keen interest, Arsenal have refused to pay a transfer fee for Ghanaian wonder kid Torric Jibril to his club Hearts of Oak.
Jibril is reported to have been recommended to Arsenal by the scouting agent Steve Rowley who watched the youngster play in one of the inaugural African Nations Championship qualifier against Niger.
The 17-year-old midfielder has been a target of some European clubs, including Athletico Madrid, after breaking into the Hearts of Oak senior team this season. His impressive performances have resulted in his call-up into the national team.
Arsenal wanted to give him a trial before committing any money but his club and agent refused to cooperate unless a fee of around £700.000 was paid.
Jibril has since been on trial at Portsmouth under the careful eye of Tony Adams and has yesterday signed a three year contract for an undisclosed fee.
"This is a very important moment in my career because it has always been my dream to play with a top club in Europe.
"I have been here for many days and I am happy with the facilities here and I am now relieved that the deal has been completed.
"I can fully concentrate on my career and hope that I can continue to develop to become what a lot of people expect me to be." Jibril said
The youngster will join Portsmouth's feeder club in Belgium, Zulte Waregem, later this month as his work permit is being sorted out.
His compatriots Stephen Appiah and Michael Essien both insist the 17-year-old sensation has the quality to play in the top-flight.
Just as well if you ask me. What Arsenal need at this juncture is experienced players who can pull their weight in the Premier League straight away not wonder kids who need time to be developed.
We have too many of those at the moment.