Everton are set to battle Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City for the services of Hamburg’s Jann-Fiete Arp, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claims that the Toffees are keeping tabs on the 17-year-old striker after he broke into Hamburg’s first team and scored two goals in five starts.
Arp was the first player born in 2000 to play in the Bundesliga and then score this season.
Chelsea have been interested in Arp since last season, after he scored 26 times in 21 appearances for Hamburg’s U-17s before going onto score seven in the U-17s Euros for Germany.
Arp is contracted to Hamburg until 2019 and the star has admitted he looks up to Premier League striker Harry Kane, who he has been compared to.
“There are many good strikers that you can learn a lot from by watching. But if there was just one player I had to pick as my role model, it’s Harry Kane,” said Arp.
“He plays the way I want to play. He’s pacy and very comfortable with and without the ball. It’s difficult to stop him. You need to pay attention for 90 minutes because he can score at any time.”
Football Insider Verdict
Everton face tough competition from their Premier League rivals to sign Arp, so it will be difficult task. The striker is a great prospect and could be coup for any of the clubs interested. There’s no word whether Hamburg will be willing to sell, and with Arp being so young and highly-rated, he will cost a lot. Everton will not want to be dragged into a bidding war with Manchester City or Chelsea anytime soon. Also the striker himself may be more keen on a move to Tottenham, as he would potentially get to play with his role model, Harry Kane.
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