Arsene Wenger is set to sign Gillingham starlet Luke Freeman as he aims to attract English talent to Arsenal.
Freeman, 15, is the youngest player to play in the FA Cup and is expected to move to Emirates Stadium on Monday with a down payment of around £500,000 - which could rise in the future.
Wenger has been criticised in the past for favouring overseas players over home-grown talent, but the Arsenal manager is adamant he is keen to develop English players.
"We will be pushing the Freeman deal through, I want to buy English. We will pay them a transfer fee," Wenger said.
"We want them as young as possible, and, if you are not on the case somebody else is on it.
"It's because it's a competitive world, you do not really choose the age you buy the players.
"When a good player comes out you know you are not on your own, you're competing with four or five clubs.
"If you don't do it, somebody else does it, so even if ideally you would wait one or two more years, you can't anymore.
"I like Freeman, I met the boy, his personality and he looks alert. He's a striker and at 15 to play for the first-team sometimes is something special."