By Abigail Withey
A whole host of huge clubs are interested in signing Arsenal youngster Marcus McGuane, according to a report.
The Independent has revealed that Juventus are leading to race to scoop the 18-year-old over other Champions League clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Napoli.
The newspaper also claims that a number of Championship team have their eye on the teenager in the hope of enticing the midfield enforcer with the promise of first-team football.
It is understood that the England Under-18 international has just a year left on his contract with the north London club and a new deal is yet to be agreed.
The teenage prospect has worked his way through the Arsenal academy and has grown through the Under-18 squad to join the Under-23s at the beginning of the summer.
Throughout his time in the development squads, McGuane has made 52 appearances across the different academy teams where he has scored two goals and provided four assists.
The Gunners have already said goodbye to one youth player recently after Savvas Mourgos left the club to join Norwich City.
Football Insider Verdict
Arsenal are known for producing top quality players through their academy, and it looks like a matter of time for McGuane to move up to the senior squad. His former team mate Reiss Nelson has recently broken into the first team, and if McGuane was to stay at the club for another season it’s incredibly likely that he would be making his debut on the Emirates pitch this time next year. A loan spell away with a Championship club would be more beneficial in order to build his confidence on the pitch rather than letting him move away permanently. Wenger must do his best to hold on to the youth starlet and offer him an enticing new contract to keep him at the club for another few years.
In other Arsenal news, Piers Morgan has slated Arsene Wenger on Twitter following the Gunners’ defeat to Stoke.