Arsenal completed deal of 22-year-old versatile forward

PAOK are expecting to announce Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom as an official player imminently after the attacker arrived in the country on Monday.

Chuba Akpom had been heavily linked with a move to Sint-Truiden where he spent the second half of previous season on loan but, in the end, they found his £2m price-tag too much to overcome.

Reports in Greece on Monday suggested that Arsenal will only receive £880k for the striker so it seems there is still some confusion over the finer details. It does look like he is going for much lower than the Gunners initially wanted, at least before bonuses are factored in.

Speaking at the weekend, the chief executive for the Belgian side, Takayuki Tateish, said, “We have to admit that Anderlecht could not even pay for the Akpom contract, who obviously wants to go to a team that competes in the European Championships, the Champions League or the Euro Cup.”

Gazetta.gr reports that the Greek outfit first made contact with Akpom six weeks ago and that they worked ‘under extreme secrecy,’ which is the Arsenal way, as you know.

After Chuba Akpom completes medical, he will sign a three-year deal that sees Arsenal bank an initial €1m (£880k) and a sell-on fee should anyone activate the €8m release clause PAOK are inserting into his contract.