By Angu Lesley
Arsenal have beaten Chelsea in the race to sign teenage midfielder Zepa Alassa Fils, according to reports from multiple sources.
The 13-year-old, who was in the wishlist of other European refused a new contract offer from Chelsea to sign a four-year deal whose worth wasn’t disclosed.
Arsenal outsmarted other rivals because they offered a longer deal that Chelsea.
Alassa Fils, considered by some as the new Alex Song first joint the Chelsea academy aged nine and spent four years at the club featuring in as many games through a spell in which he wrote memorable stories with the reserves.
Alassa will join the Arsenal reserves with immediate effect to continue his development with the days ahead looking quite bright for the new Alexandre Song.
Other Premier League clubs were also interested in the midfielder but Arsenal appear to have won the battle for the son that resembles his father.
Alassa’s father played for Cameroon during the pick of his playing days and represented clubs like Union Sportive of Douala and TKC when he was still on course to becoming a professional footballer.
Cameroon football greats of the past Alexandre Song and Lauren Etame paved the way for the next generation of compatriots. A little effort from Alassa who aririves earlier will enshrined his name on the list of Cameroonians who delivered with the Gunners.
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