By Wayne Veysey

17th Aug, 2021 | 12:52pm

Sources: Everton starlet Small told by Premier League he can open talks with Man United and other suitors

Everton wonderkid Thierry Small has been told by the Premier League he is free to open talks with rival clubs led by Man United and Aston Villa, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The teenager star’s future has been up in the air after he snubbed pre-season training with the Merseysiders to train on his own amid a contract stalemate.

An Everton source has told Football Insider that the chances of Small staying at the club have diminished even further after he turned 17 at the start of the month.

The Premier League have now informed the youngster he can speak to other clubs about a potential transfer.

Teams are queuing up for the youngster with his suitors including United, Villa, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich among others.

Everton have tried to tie Small down to a professional contract, which he was able to pen when he turned 17 on 1 August.

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The Merseysiders tabled an offer that they believe is very generous, but which Small has rejected.

There is still a possibility that the young defender could sign pro terms with Everton but the two parties are locked at stalemate and no breakthrough appears imminent.

The door is now open for other Premier League clubs to make a move and offer Small the pathway to first-team football that he covets.

They would still need to pay a compensation fee to Everton for the youngster’s development costs.

Small became Everton’s youngest-ever player when he made his first-team debut in January.

Former Goodison boss Carlo Ancelotti is a huge admirer of the youngster and wants to take him to Real, but that is unlikely at this stage due to the complex new Brexit rules for British players under the age of 18.

In other news, Everton backed by Whelan to sign midfielder from rivals for “brilliant” price.