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Arsenal ‘close to signing’ Feyenoord star Joshua Zirkzee as they look to stave off Ajax for 16-year-old

Reports in Holland say Arsenal have taken a leap in front of Ajax in the race to sign Feyenoord's rising star

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on 16-year-old Feyenoord prospect Joshua Zirkzee, according to Dutch media.

The Gunners look to have won the battle with Ajax to snap up the highly-rated teen, SoccerNews.nl report.

Arsenal are reportedly closing in on Joshua Zirkzee from Feyenoord

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Arsenal are reportedly closing in on Joshua Zirkzee from Feyenoord

The 16-year-old has impressed in Feyenoord's academy over the last year

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The 16-year-old has impressed in Feyenoord’s academy over the last year

Zirkzee joined Feyenoord from ADO Den Haag last summer and looks to be on the move again this year.


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He scored 33 goals last season for Feyenoord academy teams to grab the attention of the Gunners.

Both Dutch giants Ajax and PSV are reportedly in the hunt for him, but Arsenal look to have leaped to the front of the queue.

Arsenal are currently out on tour in the Far East as they prepare for the new season.

The Gunners face Bayern Munich in Shanghai on Wednesday in a pre-season friendly before travelling to Beijing to take on Chelsea on Saturday.

Arsenal complete their pre-season with the Emirates Cup next weekend with fixtures against Sevilla and Benfica.

Zirkzee on international duty for one of Holland's youth teams

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Zirkzee on international duty for one of Holland’s youth teams

Arsenal trained in Shanghai on Tuesday ahead of their friendly against Bayern Munich

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Arsenal trained in Shanghai on Tuesday ahead of their friendly against Bayern Munich