Arsenal have reportedly already made a €7.5m offer to FCSB in a bid to sign 18-year-old right winger, Ianis Stoica.
According to reports in Romania, Arsenal scouts have been watching teenage winger Ianis Stoica for a couple of months now.
Gigi Becali, owner of Stoica’s club, FCSB, who play in the first tier of Romanian football, has now stated that they have received an offer of €7.5m from Arsenal for the player, but they want €10m for him with a 20% sell-on clause.
“I currently have 7.5 million euros (offer) for Ianis Stoica,” Becali told as.ro.
The reporter then asked if that offer was from Arsenal and he replied, “Yes, Dad! [thanks Google].
“And I want 10 million plus 20% (from a future transfer).”
Just a few days ago, Romanian outlet Playsport reported that the winger, who turns 19 in December, had been noticed by Arsenal scouts and they have been monitoring him for the last couple of months.
According to those claims, Arsenal had already put together a file on the youngster but an official offer wasn’t expected until 2022.
Arsenal have competition, however, which could have prompted them to move more quickly.
FCSB have reportedly already rejected a €1.5m offer from Bologna, while Galatasaray are also showing an interest.
The 18-year-old has six goals and two assists for FCSB this season, one goal contribution every 73 minutes.
He’s also broken into the Romania u21s, playing for them over the last three breaks and scoring against Georgia on his debut.
It wouldn’t be the first time Arsenal have dipped into the Romanian leagues to sign a teenage talent.
That’s exactly what they did with Catalin Cirjan in 2019.
Cirjan made a strong start to life with Arsenal, regularly featuring for the u23s last campaign. He’s only been absent from the team recently through injury.
It’s even possible that Cirjan directly or indirectly helped Arsenal to discover Stoica in the first place.
The two have played together for the Romanian youth teams, as they’re only a week apart in age. Arsenal could well have spotted the FCSB youngster whilst tracking their own player.
Arsenal have shown a willingness to invest in signing youth players in recent years, as opposed to simply promoting the u18s.
Mika Biereth (Fulham), George Lewis (Fram Larvik), Nikolaj Moller (Malmo), Tim Akinola (Huddersfield), Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand (Feyenoord), and Omar Rekik (Hertha BSC) are among those to join since 2020.
Whether Stoica is the next on the list, we’ll have to wait and see.
But it’s certainly not impossible.
Stoica is currently valued at around £405,000 and is under contract until 2023.