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Arsenal keep an eye on Romanian prodigy Ianis Stoica, but FCSB does not sell

Arsenal keep an eye on Romanian prodigy Ianis Stoica, who made his senior debut at just 14 years old, but his club FCSB tells the Gunners that the forward is not for sale yet.

  • Arsenal have been looking for Romanian U21 striker Ianis Stoica
  • The 18-year-old plays for the FCSB and made his club debut at just 14 years old.
  • Owner Gigi Becali said Stoica, who has six goals this season, will not be sold.


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Arsenal are monitoring Romanian wonder boy Ianis Stoica, but the bosses of his club, the FCSB, are trying to steer the Gunners away from the 18-year-old prodigy.

FCSB – the club formerly known as Steaua Bucharest – has confirmed that Arsenal scouts have been keeping an eye on Romanian U21 forward Stoica for two months.

But owner Gigi Becali has warned the Premier League club that Stoica, who made his debut at age 14 and has scored six goals in 14 games so far this season, is too young to move to England.

Arsenal have been following Romania's U21 forward Ianis Stoica in recent months

Arsenal have been following Romania’s U21 forward Ianis Stoica in recent months

“It is good that Arsenal are monitoring Ianis, but it does not make sense as he is not for sale,” Becali said. ProSport.

It could be in a year or two, but not yet. He is technically skilled, physically strong and very intelligent.

‘Looking at him, you’d think he’s 23, not 18.’

Bucharest-born Stoica, who can play as a forward or as an attacking midfielder, began his career at the Petrolul Ploiesti academy, where his father Pompiliu played for three years between 2009 and 2012.

Stoica (right), 18, made his full debut with his FCSB club when he was just 14 years old.

Stoica (right), 18, made his full debut with his FCSB club when he was just 14 years old.

Stoica (right), 18, made his full debut with his FCSB club when he was just 14 years old.

But when the club retired in 2016, he left for a brief stint with the German club Freiburg before returning to his hometown to join the FCSB.

He was just 14 when he made his senior debut in a Romanian Cup tie in October 2017, the youngest player to appear in a competitive match for the club and also scored in the game.

After four transfers, mainly in Romania’s second division, Stoica has become a regular for the FCSB this season and has become a regular scorer, scoring six times and getting two assists.

He has appeared at all youth levels in Romania, from under 16 to under 21, and he is poised for a bright future.

The owner of the FCSB has told Mikel Arteta's club that Stoica will not be sold yet

The owner of the FCSB has told Mikel Arteta's club that Stoica will not be sold yet

The owner of the FCSB has told Mikel Arteta’s club that Stoica will not be sold yet

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