23-year-old due to fly in for talks with Arsenal
Stoppila Sunzu is on his way to become Arsenal’s latest addition, according to the player himself.
The Zambian midfielder has sensationally declared that he is set for a flight to London in order to begin talks over a transfer to the Emirates stadium next month.
Indeed, Sunzu revealed the news to his country’s football association’s official site on Monday and his national team has now accepted that the player is bound for the Premier League.
The 23-year-old is currently with Congolese giants TP Mazembe and according to Sunzu, his club’s chairman Moise Katumbi is working on permitting negotiations with the Gunners.
“I will be travelling to England to sign a deal with Arsenal after the friendly game against Tanzania. As we speak, Mr Katumbi’s personal consultant Salomon Eskadela is here in Zambia waiting to travel with me to England,” Sunzu told the Zambian FA
“I don’t know the details of the deal yet because I have not discussed with both Arsenal and TP Mazembe. However I spoke to both Mr Katumbi and Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger who assured me that I would not be going to London for trials but to discuss personal terms and possibly sign a contract.”
Many are unlikely to find Stoppila Sunzu a familiar name, but the combative midfielder is one of the rising stars of African football and a household name in the motherland.
He first represented Zambia at the 2007 Under-20 Fifa World Cup in Canada and Sunzu’s exploits attracted the interest of Reading who attempted and failed to sign the Zambian due to issues with work permit.
But Sunzu’s career came to life after he joined TP Mazembe where he won the African Champions League and African Super Cup in 2010 before scoring the winning penalty in Zambia’s triumph at the 2012 African Cup of Nations.
The 6′ 2″ tall man who has 34 caps for his country will be seen best as a replacement for Alex Song with his ability to play as a centre-back or defensive midfielder.