Willock closing in on Benfica switch

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According to various reports, Chris Willock is in Portugal to finalise personal terms with Benfica.

The 19-year-old England youth international is a free agent at the end of this month having rejected the opportunity to sign a new deal at the Emirates. To date, he’s made two appearances for the senior side in the EFL Cup and been involved in consecutive pre-season tours.

It’s believed Benfica, who are offering the player a chance to start life in Portugal with their B side, beat off competition from Manchester City, Celtic and Borussia Dortmund for the teenager’s signature.

Arsenal should be entitled to a compensation payment having nurtured Willock’s talent for the best part of 15 years. However, losing one of the Academy’s most highly-ranked stars for next to nothing will no doubt rankle both in the boardroom and on the terraces.

Elsewhere, L’Equipe reports that Yaya Sanogo is being tracked by French side Toulouse having been released by Arsenal. The Gunners confirmed earlier this month that the striker would not be extending his stay at the Emirates after four injury-ravaged years.

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