VIDEO: Could African wonderkid Jibril be on his way to Arsenal?

I'll warn you straight away that this video is pretty long, but there is no sound so it is office friendly.

It shows Ghanaian teenager Tawric Jibril in action for his current club Hearts Of Oak and if you've no idea who the 16-year-old is, don't worry because you are not alone. Indeed, if you put his name into Google, the search engine asks 'Do you mean Tantric Jibril?'

So he may not be a household name here, as yet, but a sneak peak at the youngster in action gives you an idea of what a naturally gifted talent he has and under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, who knows how far this lad could go.

According to reports today, Athletico Madrid have pulled out of the race to sign Tawric, leaving Arsenal as the only contenders for his signature, which could come at a bargain basement price of as little as £750,000.



Le Boss has been monitoring Jibril for a couple of years and brought him to Arsenal for a trial earlier in the year. Now, if we're to believe the rumours coming out of London Colney, Le Gaffer is so impressed that he is ready to get his cheque book out to make the lad - who must be one of African football's most fouled players - a Gunner.

Arsenal Addict understands that one potential stumbling block for the deal is the lack of a UK work permit, but there have been hints that the club has already figured a way around this...

Last month we reported that Salamanca's managing director Miguel Torrecilla had told media that he expected Arsenal to extend the loan period for Brazilian defender Pedro Botelho for another season. Torecilla added that Pedro could be joined by two fellow young Guns, including one that Wenger was yet to sign - from outside the European Union.

UK visa rules do not allow non-EU players to automatically start working in Britain, but Spanish rules are different and Arsenal have used that loophole to get the relevant paperwork for Mexican Carlos Vela. With any luck, Pedro will be able to begin his career in England next year, while if Jibril does sign for the Gunners, he can gain some valuable experience in Spain before joining the rest of his team mates in London.

I'd be interested to hear your views on Jibril - especially from anyone living in Ghana who has actually seen him play.

And before the gloom-and-doom merchants start moaning that the club should be concentrating on signing some experienced players, rather than emerging talent, bear this thought in mind; Wenger has a policy of sticking around to develop his players, so as long as he is signing talented teens, us Gooners can look forward to him being at the club for a few years to come.