Officially Done- Club confirm sale of Arsenal’s transfer target is very close

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According to The Sun, England youth international starlet Ben Wilmot is set to leave Stevenage and Arsenal have been put on Red Alert.

The 18-year-old, who has featured twice for the Young Lions’ Under-19 side, has made 15 appearances in all competitions for the League Two outfit so far this season.

However, the highly rated centre-back was withdrawn from the club’s first-team squad to face Newport County this afternoon, as a deal is reportedly close to completion.

Wilmot, who is a youth academy graduate of Stevenage, has attracted the interest of numerous Premier League sides, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford, as well as Championship outfits.

The League Two club have admitted the highly sought after England Under-19 international is close to leaving Broadhall Way, with talks still ongoing on a deal thought to be in the region of £2m.

Stevenage chairman, Phil Wallace, said, “Ben came back from international duty with England last week and we have had developments that suggest a deal will be agreed shortly for him to move when the window opens.

“We have had interest from Premier League and Championship clubs, which is not surprising when Ben is recognised by England as being one of the top four centre halves at his age level, with the other three coming from Man City, Chelsea and Spurs.

“We have made public our valuation and the closer we are getting to that the more likely it is that Ben will move.”

North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs have had offers for Wilmot turned down in the past, but it now seems the centre-back will certainly be on the move once the summer transfer window opens at the end of the 2017-18 season.

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