Arsenal have beaten Aston Villa Chelsea and Tottenham to the signing of young Swedish defender Kristopher Da Graca. The 15-year-old currently of Swedish division four side Hisingbacka FC will officially join the Gunners next summer after impressing manager Arsene Wenger during his trial with the club in August. Da Graca who also had trial spells with Villa Chelsea and Spurs confirmed his delight at the move to Arsenal. "Arsenal are a big and good club" he told Fotbolltransfers.com. "I've had a chance to become a good soccer player it feels good. At first though I will have to train with them in my own age." When asked about signing the contract with the Gunners he said: "It could be next week or the following week. "Moving to England is confirmed but not this year. "I will move there the summer of 2014. Me and my dad wanted me to [get my] education first." Hisingbacka's club chairman Thoman Albinsson revealed he did not want to stand in the way of a great opportunity for Da Graca. He said: "Yes we are in full agreement with Arsenal. We had some discussions but now we are in agreement.
Arsenal beat Aston Villa, Chelsea and Tottenham to signing of Kristopher Da Graca
Daily Star | Oct 9