Leeds seal deal for Arsenal attacker compared to Robin van Persie

Date published: Friday 28th August 2020 10:10 - Robert McCarthy

Sam Greenwood Arsenal

Leeds have confirmed the signing of young Arsenal forward Sam Greenwood for a fee that could rise to £3million.

The likes of AC Milan and Manchester United were also chasing the England Under-18s star, but Marcelo Bielsa has got his man on a three-year deal.

Leeds have reportedly paid an initial £1.5m for the 19-year-old, whose style of play has been likened to former Arsenal and Man Utd striker Robin van Persie. But that fee could double depending on appearances and other factors.

Greenwood joined the Gunners from Sunderland in July 2018. He enjoyed a fine debut season, scoring 10 goals and adding five assists in the Under-18s.

He signed professional terms at the Emirates in July 2019 and scored six goals from his 22 appearances at U-18 and U-23 level last season.

Greenwood confirmed his Arsenal exit on his Instagram account on Thursday evening.

He said: “I want to say a big thank [you to] Arsenal and the supporters for the last 2 years of my career. Been an honour to play for the club while meeting some special people and making even better memories.”

 

Greenwood becomes the latest promising youngster to head to Elland Road this summer. He follows the arrivals of Dani van den Hueval, Charlie Allen, Cody Drameh and Joe Gelhardt.

The quintet will all try and make their mark in the Under-23s side, with an eye on a first-team call-up.

 

LEEDS HEADING BIG GUNS IN RACE FOR LAZIO STAR

Leeds have hit the front ahead of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the race to sign Lazio defender Luiz Felipe, according to a report.

The Whites are targeting new defenders as they gear up for their long-awaited return to the Premier League.

Brighton’s Ben White is the club’s top target following the 22-year-old’s fantastic loan spell last season. However, the Seagulls have insisted that they will not sell to a potential relegation rival next term.

Freiburg’s Robin Koch is also on Leeds’ shortlist. According to La Lazio Siamo Noi, though, Felipe has emerged as a strong alternative.

Barcelona and PSG previously showed strong interest but the source claims it is Leeds who are now firmly in the lead for his signature.

In fact, talks between the Whites and Lazio have “accelerated” in recent hours. Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani’s intermediary, Lorenzo Tonetti, has made contact with Lazio owner Igli Tare. Read more…

 

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