As reported by The Daily Mirror, bitter rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are set to do battle off the pitch for Charlton star Ezri Konsa.
Premier League clubs are always on the hunt for the next big English talent to bolster their squads and it’s often a heated battle to get in on such talent early in their careers.
Ezri Konsa only has one season under his belt in at senior level but that isn’t stopping two of England’s biggest clubs showing interest.
The Mirror reckon that both Arsenal and Spurs are interested in the versatile 19-year old and are set to duke it out for his signature, which is potentially great news for Charlton who will be looking at the financial bonus of such a transfer war.
It’s very hard to comment on Konsa’s potential after just one season at senior level in League One, but Charlton’s record in the youth department is pretty strong. In recent years Jonjo Shelvey, Carl Jenkinson, Diego Poyet and Joe Gomez have all emerged from the academy set-up at The Valley and gone on to join Premier League clubs.
Likewise, 18-year-old Ademola Lookman was one of the Football League’s most talked-about players before joining Everton in January for a hefty fee.
Konsa is an England U20s teammate of Lookman’s and made the squad for their recent World Cup triumph, playing in the semi-final against Italy.
With 39 appearances under his belt for Charlton, he isn’t quite ready for first team football at either Spurs or Arsenal but with England youth caps and an impressive season, it’s clear to see why they’d be keen on signing him early. If either manage to land a deal for him then it could be great in the long-term with loans to lower league clubs likely in the meantime.