Shaun Mavididi to Newcastle United: Who is the former Arsenal youngster as Magpies 'close in' on deal

Newcastle United are reportedly closing in on the signing of former Arsenal schoolboy Shaun Mavididi.

Here, we take a look at everything you need to know about the attacker and his links to St James’s Park:

What’s the story?

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According to Football Insider, Mavididi has been offered a two-year scholarship by Newcastle, which would then be converted into a one-year professional contract.

Newcastle United are reportedly close to signing former Arsenal kid Shaun Mavididi. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

He was released by the Gunners at the beginning of the year before joining the Magpies on trial in February.

Mavididi played for United’s under-18s during a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City but seemingly did enough to impress coaches at the club’s training base.

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What position does Shaun Mavididi play?

Mavididi is an attack-minded player. He can play as a forward or as a winger.

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During his appearance for the Magpies’ under-18s, Mavididi came on in place of winger Dylan Stephenson.

Shaun Mavididi’s career so far

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There isn’t a great deal of information on Mavididi’s career so far due to his young age.

It is believed Mavididi started the season in Arsenal’s under-16s before appearing in the Under-18s Premier League with Newcastle.

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Is Shaun related to Stephy Mavididi?

Yes, Shaun is the younger brother of Stephy, who left Arsenal for Italian giants Juventus in 2018.

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Stephy had loan spells at Preston North End and Charlton Athletic before signing for Juve in a £1.3million deal.

After making just one senior appearance for the Serie A club, he was sold to Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier last summer for £5.5m.

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He has been a success in France during his debut season at the Stade de la Mosson, netting nine goals in 32 appearances.

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