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Atletico Madrid sign Arsenal starlet Fran Merida on five-year deal, claims Spanish club's chief

25 May 2010 13:41:13

Atletico Madrid sign Arsenal starlet Fran Merida on five-year deal, claims Spanish club's chief

Francy that: Atletico are convinced that they have bagged Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo reckons his side have pulled off a transfer coup by clinching the signing of Arsenal youngster Fran Merida. The Spaniard is set to sign a five-year deal with Atletico, dealing Arsene Wenger another blow as he tries to keep Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates. And Cerezo reckons Merida is already a class act and will shine in Madrid. He said: 'He is a magnificent young player with a fine future.' He added: 'This transfer hasn't always been easy, but he has always been interested in our project and has now made the next step by leaving Arsenal.' Atletico had a successful season in which they landed the Europa League with a 2-1 victory over Fulham in the final.  Cesc Fabregas worth the wait as Barcelona threaten to prolong chase for Arsenal skipperWerder Bremen's Per Mertesacker eyes 'attractive' Arsenal switchChelsea and Arsenal lining up move for Barca's teenage playmaker AssulinARSENAL FC


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