At the back end of 2012 it had emerged Arsenal were keen to bring in young Norwegian midfielder Vajebah Sakor from second tier side Askers. The North London side were not alone in their interest as fellow Premier League sides Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea were also very interested in the dynamic midfielder.
There was little wonder why when you considered his performances in the NextGen Series this season. While his parent club Askers were of course not involved in the prestigious European youth competition he was nonetheless taking part.
The Norwegian youth international had been loaned to Norwegian giants Rosenborg BK in order for him to gain experience playing at a higher level and it was an undoubted success.
He was one of Rosenborg’s stars of the tournament as they completed scalps over Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan. His performances in the heart of midfield even earned him a place in the NextGen Series ‘Team of the Group’ stage.
So have Arsenal moved any closer to signing him?
The simple answer is no; and either have Chelsea.
In fact Rosenborg’s performances in the tournament took a dip when Sakor returned to his parent club and despite their hopes of convincing him to stay in Norway the talented protégé decided to move to Juventus in January.
The Liberian born player had previously taken in spells on trial at Copenhagen and AC Milan with all the teams reportedly keen on bringing him in but he will instead ply his future trade with the Bianconeri.
It was a story that was lost in the midst of Juventus confirming a deal for Fernando Llorente to arrive on a Bosman the very same day.
Asker’s manager and former Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County midfielder Lars Bohinen had little to say on the deal at the time claiming he had been ‘muzzled’ on the subject but what is now confirmed is that Sakor signed a three-year-deal with the Turin club.
He did not feature for Juve in the recent NextGen games against former club Rosenborg or indeed the thrashing to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon but big things are still expected of the 16-year-old in Italy.
A few days ago reports in Norway commented on his good start with the Juventus Primavera and Norwegian fans continuing to hope he is a future star of the national team in the making.
As for Arsenal they will have to watch on as the player they were at one time ‘winning the race for’ progresses in the youth ranks of Juventus.
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