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Arsenal teen ‘offered five-year deal’ amid hopes of copying Bukayo Saka rise to stardom

Arsenal youngster Marcelo Flores is on the verge of signing a five-year professional contract at the Emirates, according to his father Ruben.

Reports coming out of Mexico suggest Flores, 17, was recently invited to train with the Gunners’ first team.

It was the first time he has been called up to the senior squad since joining their academy from Ipswich last summer, having attracted attention from a number of clubs in England.

And the attacking midfielder’s father has revealed he is set to pen a professional deal at Arsenal after turning 17 on October.

Arsenal youngster Marcelo Flores is on the verge of signing a five-year professional contract at the Emirates
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“He has a contract for the next two years to play in the U18, but I already have an agreement in which he will sign a professional contract for the next five years with Arsenal,” Ruben Flores told Milenio.

“Due to UEFA and FIFA rules it cannot be done until 1st of October this year, which is when he turns 17, but we already have an agreement and an arrangement and surely on 1st of October the news will come out that a Mexican signed a professional contract with Arsenal for so many years.

The Gunners academy star was recently called up to train with Mikel Arteta’s first team
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“Now nothing has been said because it will be done when he turns 17 when the presentation can be made, but we are already arranged.”

Flores has been featuring for Arsenal’s Under-18 side so far this term, registering one goal in his first two appearances of the season.

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Nevertheless, the Mexican star’s father believes he is capable of breaking into the first team over the next couple of years in similar fashion to Bukayo Saka.

Ruben added: “Two years ago Bukayo…