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Very talented Hale End star leaves Arsenal for Germany on a free transfer

One special Hale End graduate Mikel Arteta invited to first team squad will leave Arsenal on a free transfer this month

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Academy star Bradley Ibrahim is leaving Arsenal to embark on a new chapter with Hertha Berlin in a permanent deal. The young midfielder, who joined Arsenal after being released by QPR at the age of 13, will join Hertha Berlin for a minimal transfer fee.

Bradley Ibrahim, known for his powerful style of play, rose through the ranks at Hale End, featuring prominently for both the U18s and U21s sides in Arsenal’s Academy. 

Fabrizio Romano broke the news, revealing that Hertha Berlin successfully negotiated a deal with Arsenal for Ibrahim’s transfer. The 19-year-old has already traveled to Germany to finalise the move.

Furthermore, Fabrizio Romano shared key details, mentioning that Arsenal retains “matching rights” to sign Ibrahim back in the future. Additionally, the deal includes a “healthy sell-on clause” and “add-ons for appearances,” indicating a strategic approach by the Gunners in the negotiation process. However, the specific transfer fee remains undisclosed.

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Academy star Bradley Ibrahim will leave Arsenal and embark on a new chapter with Hertha Berlin in a permanent deal. [Image Credit: Getty Images]

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Also Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg shed light on the financial aspects, tweeting: “Bradley Ibrahim will finalize his medical at @HerthaBSC on Wednesday. Afterward, he will sign a contract until 2027. It’s a done deal.

“I’ve been told it was a great job by Sporting Director Benjamin Weber to get the deal done. Transfer fee? Almost nothing.”

Ibrahim, a versatile player naturally positioned as a defensive midfielder, has been a consistent presence in Arsenal’s U21s side this season. His departure creates a void in the middle of the park for the Gunners, as the 19-year-old bid farewell to the club where he captained the U18 side to the FA Youth Cup final last season.

Ibrahim was named on the bench for the Arsenal first-team a few times during his time in North London, including Europa League clashes and a Premier League match against Burnley. Mikel Arteta had recognised Ibrahim’s potential a couple of seasons ago, including him in a first-team friendly against Brentford B.

While Ibrahim’s journey at Arsenal included periodic training sessions with the first-team, he recently stepped up to regular participation in the U21s this season. His notable performances, marked by high standards and excellent assists, affirm his promise on the football pitch.

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