According to Football.London, Arsenal starlet Kido Taylor-Hart is attracting transfer interest from clubs across Europe.
With Folarin Balogun’s name dominating the conversation in recent weeks for Mikel Arteta’s side – reports in recent days have suggested he is close to joining a foreign team on a pre-contract deal – there has been less spotlight on some of the Premier League giants’ other academy starlets.
And according to Football.London, the 18-year-old has yet to sign a professional contract at the Emirates and is still registered as a scholar. It’s claimed that Hart has “attracted interest from a number of clubs in the Premier League, Championship and Bundesliga. The Gunners will be desperately hoping they can convince him to stay.”
Losing Balogun would be bad enough given the young striker’s impressive performances for Arsenal’s first-team this season – he’s bagged two goals in four Europa League games and provided an assist too.
But if the Gunners were to wave goodbye to another exciting player who Football.London claim is “making waves” for Steve Bould’s U23s side, it would be tantamount to an unforgivable disaster from the likes of Edu, Mikel Arteta and academy manager Per Mertesacker.
Bringing through young talent into the first-team is such a shrewd way of making sure you get homegrown players playing for their boyhood sides, whilst also saving a tonne of money in the transfer market.
You only have to look at the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe to see the breath of fresh air and excitement that academy stars can bring to the first-team, and it would be a monumental disaster if Arsenal lost not only Balogun, but Taylor-Hart too.