Arsenal move for Borussia Dortmund teenager Thomas Eisfeld
By Jamie Sanderson - 31st January, 2012 http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/football/8 ... as-eisfeldArsenal agree a fee of £400,000 for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Eisfeld, subject to a stringent medical because of his history of injury.
Eisfeld, who is out-of-contract at Dortmund in the summer, was in London yesterday for talks along with his agent Reza Fazeli, and even took part in the morning training session, as Arsene Wenger put the prospect through his paces. The 19-year-old is set to sign a long-term deal with Arsenal, after he completes a thorough medical, due to concerns over his poor injury record, and previous damage to his cruciate knee ligaments.
However, the Gunners are hopeful of wrapping up the formalities in time for Eisfeld to be eligible to make his debut for the club on Wednesday, when Arsenal's second string take on their Swansea City counterparts in a reserve team fixture. Eisfeld moves to North London after coming through the Dortmund Academy, where he is highly rated, and currently sits as the Under-19 team's leading scorer, with six goals in 12 matches. He is yet to feature for the Dortmund first-team, but the club had been hoping to renew his contract this month, before Arsenal pounced and agreed a £400,000 compensation deal over the weekend.
An agile, creative and attacking central play-maker, Eisfeld can also play as a striker or on the wings, and will look to hone his talents by starting life in Arsenal's reserve ranks, while training full time with the first-team.