Arsenal join tug-of-war for £6m-rated teen sensation, player will move in summer - report
By Danny Wright
Arsenal have joined the race for wonderkid Henry Onyekuru, according to a report.
The Daily Mail reports that the Gunners, along with Chelsea, are keeping an eye on the teenage sensation, who is rated at up to £6million by his club.
Celtic had a £1million bid rejected by Eupen in January, while Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Lille and Borussia Monchengladbach are also keeping tabs on the in-demand winger.
The 19-year-old currently plays in the Belgian Jupiler League for Eupen and has been a massive hit at the club scoring 20 goals in 48 appearances in his two seasons there – with 14 of those goals coming in the current campaign.
He started up front in his latest game for Eupen on Saturday and scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Lokeren. On February 11 he scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Gent, who would eventually go on to knock Tottenham out of the Europa League.
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Onyekuru confirmed to Belgian newspaper L’Avenir on Monday that his work at the club has finished and he will be leaving the club in the summer.
He helped Eupen to promotion to the top tier of Belgian football last season and has now aided them to a comfortable 11th place.
The Nigerian star moved to Belgium from the Aspire Academy in Senegal in 2015.
Football Insider Verdict
Onkyekuru is a very exciting talent and Arsenal fans should be happy to see their club linked with a move. Arsene Wenger likes to bring in young players and nurture them at the club and out of all the clubs interested in him, perhaps along with Dortmund, the Gunners are best suited at helping young talent reach their potential. The Nigerian wonderkid is rated at £6million by his club, but with his eagerness to leave they may be able to get him a bit cheaper. Celtic will be gutted to know that some of Europe’s major players are now interested in their target and they should be ruing their mistake of not bidding more for him in January.
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