Arsenal are keeping an eye on Romanian prodigy Ianis Stoica – who made his senior debut at age 14 – but his club FCSB tell the Gunners the attacker is not yet for sale
- Arsenal have Romanian under-21 forward Ianis Stoica. scouted
- The 18-year-old plays for FCSB and made his club debut at the age of 14
- Owner Gigi Becali said Stoica, who has six goals this season, will not be sold
Arsenal are keeping an eye on Romanian prodigy Ianis Stoica, but bosses at his club FCSB are trying to fend off the 18-year-old prodigy’s Gunners.
FCSB – the club formerly known as Steaua Bucharest – have confirmed that Arsenal’s scouts have been monitoring the under-21 attacker 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 this season, is too young to move to England.
Arsenal have been eyeing Romanian under-21 striker Ianis Stoica in recent months
“It’s good for Arsenal to keep an eye on Ianis, but it’s no use because he’s not for sale,” Becali told ProSport.
“He could be there in a year or two, but not yet. He is technically skilled, physically strong and very smart.
“Looking at him, you’d think he’s 23 years old, not 18.”
Able to play both as a striker and attacking midfielder, Bucharest-born Stoica began his career in Petrolul Ploiesti’s academy, where his father Pompiliu played for three years between 2009 and 2012.
Stoica (right), 18, made his senior debut for his club FCSB when he was just 14 years old
But when the club closed down in 2016, he left German club Freiburg for a short period before returning to his home city to join FCSB.
He was just 14 when he made his senior debut in a Romanian Cup match in October 2017, becoming the youngest player to play in a competitive match for the club and also score in the match.
After four loan spells, mainly in Romania’s second division, Stoica has become a fixture for FCSB and a regular goalscorer this season, with six nets and two assists.
He has appeared for Romania at every youth level from under-16 to under-21 and is being tipped for a bright future.
FCSB owner has told Mikel Arteta’s club that Stoica will not be sold yet