According to reports, Arsenal has signed the defender Jonathan Dinzeyi after he was released in July by Tottenham.
Despite not playing a single match for the first team of Tottenham, Dinzeyi follows the footsteps of the likes of Pat Jennings and Sol Campbell, who moved between the clubs of north London.
Dinzeyi, who went on trial with QPR in February, appeared in pre-season friendly matches with Spurs’ first team with his first appearance against Spanish side Girona in 2018.
He was four times capped by England under-18s and has clocked up regular game time for Tottenham’s under-23 side, playing 22 times in this season’s Premier League 2.
And The Athletic says his results were strong enough to secure him a move to Arsenal after having been released last month by Spurs.
The ‘signing’ of Dinzeyi is part of the recruitment drive to add promising “development players” to Arsenal’s academy system with ‘low-cost signatures such as Dinzeyi, Tim Akinola and George Lewis are seen as having a good potential upside.’
Reportedly, the Gunners believe they will ‘generate profit’ by being sold on even if they fail to make the grade for first-team squad of Mikel Arteta.
The Athletic additionally stated that the trio are unlikely to be the last promising youngsters to be added to Steve Bould’s under-23 side this summer ‘with more trials and signings anticipated in the coming weeks’.
Arsenal ‘are actively seeking to pick up players that may have fallen through the gaps elsewhere’.