Arsenal have joined Tottenham in the race to sign Dutch rising star Lamare Bogarde, Football Insider has learned.
The north London duo are both closely monitoring the Feyenoord 16-year-old, whose future is in doubt going into the summer.
An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that the club’s talent spotters have been alerted to the potential of Bogarde after watching him closely in age-group football.
The Gunners may be willing to blow their bitter rivals out of the water in the hunt for the starlet in the coming months.
This comes after Football Insider revealed that Tottenham are keeping tabs on Bogarde, along with European big hitters Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, Juventus and AC Milan.
Bogarde has earned rave reviews for his performances for the Feyenoord and Holland youth teams in defensive midfield, although the expectation is he will eventually settle as a centre-back.
He has been capped by his country at Under-16s level and is regarded as one of the brightest talents in his age group in his homeland.
The interest in Bogarde is unlikely to be too affected by the financial crisis that has gripped football as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tottenham’s interest comes even though they have put their scouting work on hold in April and May.
Bogarde would be relatively inexpensive and not a deal that would require anywhere near the same financial commitment as most senior player signings.
The youngster has genuine pedigree. He is the nephew of ex-Holland and Chelsea star Winston Bogarde and his has a brother on the books of German club Hoffenheim.
Like Spurs, Arsenal are waiting to see how plans to complete the current season unfold, and the impact this will have on their transfer budget.
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