Academy keeper set for Belgium move

Deyan Iliev Arsene Wenger

Arsenal’s 19-year-old goalkeeper Deyan Iliev looks set to leave the club this summer with reports claiming he’s sealed a three-year contract with KV Mechelen.

The Macedonian under-21 international, who signed for the Gunners two-years ago from homeland side FK Belasica, made eight starts in the UEFA Youth League campaign this season but has yet to be included in a first team squad by Arsene Wenger.

Seemingly lured by the opportunity to play first team football, Iliev will move to the former Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup winners in the coming weeks leaving Arsenal desperately short of ‘keeper options.

After the departure of Vito Mannone last summer, Lukasz Fabianski’s recent switch to Swansea and Emiliano Viviano’s likely return to Italy the Gunners keeper roster includes only Wojciech Szczesny, inexperienced Argentine Damien Martinez (recently loaned to Sheffield Wednesday) and 20-year-old Academy prospect Matt Macey.

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