By Will Butcher
Charlton are in pole position to sign Arsenal striker Stephy Mavididi on loan but face competition from three other clubs, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon revealed on Sunday that the 18-year-old striker was close to securing a temporary move to League One side MK Dons.
However, Nixon updated fans on his personal Twitter account on Monday as Charlton have moved ahead of the pack to sign Mavididi, with MK Dons, Chesterfield and Southend keen.
Nixon believes Charlton are ahead of their League One rivals to sign the two-time England Under-19 international.
Mavididi has been in magnificent form for the Gunners Under-23s this season, scoring eight goals in 17 outings in both Premier League 2 and the UEFA Youth League.
Arsenal’s number 50 is yet to play for Arsene Wenger’s first team, and could use a loan to catch the attention of his French manager in order to gain a chance with the Gunners’ elite.
Mavididi now has a decision to make on which side to join. Southend and MK Dons are both eyeing a play-off spot, while MK Dons are in mid-table obscurity. Chesterfield, though, are in the relegation zone.
Football Insider verdict:
Mavididi should follow the success of Benik Afobe that has seen him break through the Arsenal youth academy by impressing on loan with six different loan spells at the likes of Huddersfield, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday. Now a fully fledged Premier League player, Afobe is an example of how the loan system can prove to be a success. Replicating that system, Mavididi will gain regular first-team football and improve as a footballer. That will highlight him to potential future suitors over a permanent deal away from the Emirates, or even tempt Wenger to give him a chance alongside Arsenal’s first-team superstars.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Premier League sides have made offers for this 31-year-old.