Exclusive: Arteta sets sights on blowing Pep away to sign Aston Villa starlet
Arsenal have joined Man City in the hunt to sign Aston Villa starlet Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Football Insider can reveal.
The Premier League big guns have been keeping a close eye on the youth-team performances of the versatile 18-year-old attacker.
An Arsenal source has told Football Insider the club are keeping close tabs on Philogene-Bidace ahead of the summer and are keen to see off the threat of City.
It would be a major victory for recently-appointed Gunners boss to sign the youngster ahead of his mentor and former boss Guardiola.
The future of Philogene-Bidace at Villa is up in the air as his contract expires at the end of the season.
The Midlands giants are trying to convince him to pen an extension, which he may well do so.
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But the lack of agreement currently in place has opened the door for Premier League rivals to swoop.
Philogene-Bidace is the latest in a long line of exciting English talents who have caught the eye of a Bundesliga giant.
Bayern are closely watching him, while there is also interest from Ajax, and both of the European giants have sent scouts to report on the wonderkid in recent months.
Philogene-Bidace, who has already trained regularly with Villa’s first team, has scored six goals in 10 Under-18 matches for the club and has made the step up to the Under-23s side with ease.
A versatile forward, he played regularly for the Under-18s on the left wing but has started the last two Under-23s matches on the right flank.