Vlad Dragomir is being hailed in Italy as a midfielder with ‘seven lungs’ due to his non-stop energy on the pitch.

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Vlad Dragomir (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Dragomir left Arsenal last summer when he signed a three-year deal in Italy with AC Perugia Calcio.

Still only 19, Dragomir was signed by Arsenal for €115,000 in 2015 but was released when the new management team decided he would be unlikely to make it as a first-team regular at the club.

Not that long ago, Dragomir was being talked about as Mesut Ozil’s heir by the media after his move to Arsenal. Only 17 at the time, big things were expected from the midfielder.

“Dragomir is considered one of the best talents of Romanian football,” a piece from Italy claimed.

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Vlad Dragomir signing his Arsenal contract. Picture: Getty Images

“In [his] homeland they compare him to Kroos, in London they see him as the heir to Ozil, who has the same foot.”

Available as a free agent, Dragomir had no problem finding a new home where he has impressed. Whether he will reach a level that would allow him to become a first teamer at Arsenal is clearly in doubt, however. Otherwise, the club wouldn’t have let him leave.

Dragomir made 33 appearances for Arsenal’s u23 side, scoring six and assisting two. With a further four assists and one goal in 14 u18 appearances, the Timsoaran never played a single minute for the seniors which is a shame because his name is awesome.

His agent, Catalin Sarmasan, has already agreed another deal with Arsenal. 16-year-old Cătălin Cârjan signed for the club in December.

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The post above, from Dragomir’s agent, hails the teenager for his most recent performance.

It also notes that Italian journalists are saying of the player that he “runs damn well, as usual, it’s like he has seven lungs.”

On average, Dragomir covers 11km per game.

As Arsenal released Dragomir, there will be no buy-back or sell-on clause in any current contract.