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Arsenal are expected to announce the move away of Chris Wilock to Benfica in the summer transfer window according to reports in Portugal.
The 19-year-old forward is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of this month.
And Goonersden understands the Londoner is close to agreeing a long-term deal with the Primeira Liga champions.
Highly-rated Willock, whose only two appearances for the Gunners came in the EFL Cup last season, has travelled to Portugal to discuss terms over the free transfer.
Willock looks unlikely to break into Arsene Wenger’s plans on a permanent basis anytime soon though and he is expected to find regular play time in their B team to continue his development.
The England star is rated amongst the brightest prospects to emerge from Arsenal’s academy and the Gunners were hoping to get the young winger to sign a new long-term deal.
However, Manchester City, Everton, Celtic and Borussia Dortmund were also reported to be interested in signing him.
Last year Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke glowingly of Willock and predicted a bright future for him.
Wenger told the Evening Standard: “Chris is a very gifted player with natural strength and natural talent.
“He has what you do not find very easily.
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