Arsenal and Chelsea do battle for 16-year-old starlet

West Brom's Isaiah Brown

Arsene Wenger is set to fight Chelsea for the signing of 16-year-old Isaiah Brown, according to the Sun.

Currently on a two-year scholarship deal with West Brom, Brown is one of the highest rated youngsters in England, attracting the eyes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger is ready to offer West Brom £1million for the youngster, whilst Chelsea are preparing to offer £2million, after watching Brown play for West Brom’s Under-21s recently. The Blues are also hoping their relationship with Baggies manager Steve Clarke could swing the deal in their favour.

Clarke made over 300 appearances for the Blues, before spending four years with the club as assistant manager. The relationship between Clarke and Chelsea has already been taken advantage of this season, with West Brom taking Romelu Lukaku on loan this season, despite Chelsea’s lack of strikers.

Brown was part of England’s Under-17s squad for the Nordic Tournament in the Faroe Islands last summer, and has also recorded times that would have been quick enough for him to qualify for last year’s English Schools Championship as a sprinter.

His pace and ability for a 16-year-old has led to a fight between Arsenal and Chelsea, who will both be building the most attractive package available to lure the youngster away from West Brom and to London next season.

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