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Arsenal swoop for Brazilian starlet Silva

Highly rated 16-year-old Brazil forward Wellington Silva has signed for Arsenal for £3.5million, according to reports. The Gunners have tracked the Fluminense teenager for more than a year and took him on trial in December 2008.

The player's agent, Rodrigo Pitta, said: "We completed the transaction last week, the player is already Arsenal's and Fluminense have already received some money."

Wellington cannot join up with Wenger's side till his 18th birthday in January 2011, but Arsenal are believed to have paid 65 per cent of the fee up front, with the rest to follow when he arrives at the Emirates Stadium.

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