Arsenal had been long-term admirers of Dominik Furman, but he has now joined Toulouse from Legia Warsaw.
Polish youngster Dominik Furman has joined Ligue 1 side Toulouse from Legia Warsaw. Arsenal had been watching the midfielder for some time, but Toulouse have beaten them to the transfer.
Just last week The Daily Mail reported that Arsenal had a strong interest in Furman who has two caps for the national side. He plays predominantly in a holding midfield role so could have been a long-term replacement for a lot of Arsenal's aging midfielders.
However Arsene Wenger was planning on making a move for the highly-rated youngster in the summer. Toulouse have opted to make a move for him now and have pulled off the deal. Plenty of other clubs were also monitoring Furman's situation but he has opted to join the French side.
Toulouse manager Alain Casanova was clearly delighted to have got his man.
He said "We have followed Dominik Furman for several months, but could not get him last summer due to a large transfer fee. He has a great profile, a midfielder capable to play in several different positions. Several German and English sides wanted him. We didn't want to miss him."
Toulouse have benefited from making the early move, whilst others may have been waiting until the summer. Furman himself was obviously attracted by the club's eagerness.
The potential move to Arsenal would have been a tempting one for the player though given the club's record with young players. Wenger has missed out this one though, and will turn his attentions elsewhere.
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