Exclusive: Arsenal to sign Bolivian wonderkid

Arsenal's latest young star

Gunnerblog is happy to confirm that Arsenal have poached Bolivian 17-year old Samuel Galindo from under the noses of Premier League rivals Everton.

The playmaker, who is captain of his country at both U-17 and U-20 level, was flown to England by Everton for a week’s trial, including a behind-closed-doors game.  At the end of the week David Moyes was keen to do a deal, but no precise terms were offered.

In the meantime, Galindo was offered a day’s trial at London Colney.  Impressed by the six-foot-plus forward’s technique and physicality, Arsene said he would gladly have the boy back again, but couldn’t possibly make a decision on a transfer on the basis of just one training session.

At this stage, Everton got wind of Arsenal’s interest, and were furious.  They issued Galindo and his father, who had travelled with the boy to London, an ultimatum: return to the North-West and sign the deal on offer, or the deal was dead.

Galindo showed incredibly maturity and confidence to ignore Everton’s threat and return for a second day’s training at Colney, in which he took part in a five-a-side game on the same team as the likes of Fabregas and Arshavin – and, by all accounts, didn’t look out of place.  Aware of the pressure the boy was under from Everton, and impressed by his obvious talent, Arsene made his interest plain: a deal was on.

Galindo is not yet eligible for a work permit and may well have to travel the same Mediterranean path that brought Carlos Vela to London.  However, whilst the final details of the transfer are yet to be ironed out, Arsenal have essentially agreed to purchase yet another talented young star.

It’s been a busy couple of days in the transfer window.  Hopefully there’ll be yet more news in the next couple of weeks, perhaps even with the arrival of that all-important striker…

Gunnerblog is the brainchild of childbrained football writer James McNicholas. Aside from Gunnerblog, James currently contributes to Bleacher Report, The Mirror and ESPN.