Arsenal have applied for a work permit for Japanese teenager Ryo Miyaichi, it has emerged.
The 18-year-old has impressed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger in pre-season following a successful six-month loan stint in the Netherlands with Feyenoord, and the Frenchman is keen to seal his permanent arrival at the Emirates.
Nonetheless, Feyenoord’s sporting director has admitted that, should the Gunners’ application prove unsuccessful, the Dutch outfit would be keen to take the starlet on loan again.
"Arsenal are awaiting a final decision on the work permit application for Ryo,” Martin van Geel told Voetbal International.
“In mid-August, they hope to get an answer and I'm planning to fly to England by then to see what we can do.”
The youngster has featured in a number of Arsenal's warm-up games and is hopeful of being part of their Emirates Cup campaign which begins this Saturday with a match against Boca Juniors.
Arsenal have experienced mixed success with permit applications in the past, most notably for players Wellington Silva and Carlos Vela.