May Mahlangu unlikely to move to Arsenal


The 22-year-old, who plays for Helsingborgs IF in Sweden, this week confirmed that there have been talks behind the scenes with The Gunners.  However, his agent Nadeem Mahmood admits that the fact Mpumalanga-born Mahlangu has yet to play for Bafana Bafana is likely to scupper his chances of a move to North London, as he is unlikely to get a work permit in the UK. "There is one agent that says Arsenal want him but May doesn't have any caps for the national team so I know it would be very hard for him to play in England at the moment," he tells "The only thing that I know is that one of the agents involved has been speaking to them but that's it. There's nothing confirmed at the moment." UK law requires that all non-EU players must have represented their country in at least 75 per cent of their competitive internationals in the last two years to be given a permit, although they can also be granted "in exceptional circumstances".  With no such restrictions, France and Holland remain more likely destinations for Mahlangu and Mahmood expects to have more news later this month. "There are a couple of teams interested but some are asking to sign him at the beginning of next season and others in January," he says. "We are waiting for them to contact Helsingborgs and go through the correct channels," he adds.