Jordi Osei-Tutu is close to securing a move away from Arsenal, but the details of the potential transfer are sketchy at this stage.
Jeorge Bird reports that Jordi Osei-Tutu is closing in on a move away from Arsenal. It’s not clear whether it will be a permanent deal or another loan, but it seems he’s not set to remain with the u23s this season.
There’s no doubt that’s for the best. The 22-year-old is ready for more senior football now, and returning for a campaign with the u23s would feel like a backward step. Realistically, there’s no path to first-team games with Arsenal at right-back this season.
Osei-Tutu has been captaining the u23s in pre-season this week, playing 45 minutes against Bromley and the full match against Ebbsfleet United. He shook off a knock during the latter game to complete the 90 without any problems.
There’s always going to be a bit of fear with the defender going down at the moment, after he spent most of last season absent with injury. He earned very positive reviews when he did make the pitch on loan with Cardiff City, it just wasn’t often enough.
Before the Cardiff loan, Osei-Tutu spent a year with VfL Bochum. That campaign started in a difficult way and really tested his character, but he came back to shine in the second half of the season and arguably was a big part of keeping them up.
With that kind of experience behind him, at his age, another move is the right decision for him and for the club taking him on.