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?
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.
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.
What position does Shaun Mavididi play?
Mavididi is an attack-minded player. He can play as a forward or as a winger.
During his appearance for the Magpies’ under-18s, Mavididi came on in place of winger Dylan Stephenson.
Shaun Mavididi’s career so far
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.
Is Shaun related to Stephy Mavididi?
Yes, Shaun is the younger brother of Stephy, who left Arsenal for Italian giants Juventus in 2018.
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.
He has been a success in France during his debut season at the Stade de la Mosson, netting nine goals in 32 appearances.