Arsenal have completed the signing of Netherlands youngster Donyell Malen, the forward's former side Ajax have confirmed. The 16 year old will join the club's scholarship programme, along with five other new additions to the club's academy this summer.
Malen will likely feature for the Arsenal Under-18 side from next season where he will hope to plot a route into the first team. An Ajax statement, according to The Mirror, read: "The young striker qualified for a contract with Ajax but nevertheless opted for the English club.
Head of youth development Wim Jonk added: "Donyell is a great talent, and it is extremely unfortunate that he is leaving Ajax. The potential is clear and the opportunities will come, and we are working with the guys who do believe in [the development system]."
He added to Voetbal International, according to The Daily Mail, "We have made Donyell an excellent offer and presented a clear plan for his development. If the player still makes the decision [to leave], that's disappointing, because his potential is clear and he would be given opportunities with Ajax. We will continue with the guys who believe in the plan."
Five youngsters have joined the Arsenal scholarship scheme for the 2015-16 season after the club confirmed the latest raft of players to earn an opportunity to impress. Among those additions were Yassin Fortune and Jeff Reine-Adelaide – the latter of whom played in the recent Emirates Cup pre-season tournament just months after joining from RC Lens.
Vlad Dragmomir, Jordi Osei-Tutu and Kostas Pileas complete the quintet of players to move to Arsenal, with 14 in all earning promotion into the club's youth sides. England internationals Jack Wilshere and Ashley Cole have both graduated into the senior team after coming through Arsenal's Hale End academy and the latest group of youngsters will hope to follow in their footsteps.