While we were all paying attention to the Arsenal first team, Angers confirmed that they have signed Jeff Reine-Adelaide on a four-year deal.
Anger’s official statement said (via Google translate), “Appreciated for his technical correctness, his pass qualities in the small perimeters, his ball shot, his vista, his sequences ball on the feet, the young prodigy of the Gunners landed at the SCO, no longer on loan, but following a definitive transfer of ‘Arsenal to the SCO! He now belongs to Angers SCO! A nice move made in the transfer market, we will agree.”
Reine-Adelaide spent the second half of last season on loan with Angers but has now returned on a permanent basis.
He will wear the number 22 shirt.
The French youngster joined Arsenal from Lens in 2015 and big things were expected from him but he has failed to make the step up despite impressing Arsenal fans during his brief cameos.
At the time of writing, Arsenal did not seem to have confirmed the deal however they had removed JRA as an Arsenal player on the official site. When I checked back an hour after writing this, a statement was on the official site.
Arsenal said, “Jeff Reine-Adelaide has joined Ligue 1 side Angers in a permanent deal, following a loan spell with the club earlier this year.
“The 20-year-old signed for us in July 2015 from Ligue 2 side Racing Club Lens, where he played in the youth and reserve sides.
“Jeff made eight first team appearances over three seasons. In the 2016/17 campaign, Jeff played in all three of our League Cup matches before becoming a key player in our under-23 squad. He is also a France youth international.
“We would like to wish Jeff all the best for the future.
“The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”