By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsenal and Manchester United are battling it out for the signing of Swiss sensation Breel Embolo, Football Insider sources understand.

But the Premier League big hitters face competition from Barcelona to land the coveted young forward.

Embolo, 18, has lit up the Swiss league since making his senior debut just a month after his 16th birthday and has already scored 26 goals for Basel from 71 appearances.

The Switzerland international is now on the radar of the world’s elite clubs as they step up plans to prise him from his club next year.

A source close to Embolo has told Football Insider that there is interest from Arsenal and United as well as European champions Barcelona for one of the hottest young properties in European football.

The teenager, who is already rated in the £15million-plus bracket, has been scouted by the clubs as they assess when to make a move.

Embolo mainly plays as a centre-forward but has also been used by club and country on the right flank. He has also earned seven caps for Switzerland, scoring one goal.