Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are in a three way battle to sign 17-year-old Birmingham striker Koby Arthur.
Sources close to Birmingham have suggested that the dire financial state the club remains in, means the club may have to offload one of their best strikers in Koby Arthur with three of the best teams in England interested in him.
Arthur is yet to sign his first professional contract at the club and Birmingham will be trying their best to hold out until that point, because it means they will get a substantial fee.
Chelsea are thought to be leading the way in the hunt for him and that would be a very difficult move for him to turn down.
However, Chelsea is probably the club where he’s least likely to get a run of games in the senior side any time soon. Romelu Lukaku is a more established and experienced striker, who had to go on loan to West Brom to get regular football.
Arsenal would be a popular move for Arthur because of the reputation the club has for bringing teenagers up through the ranks, giving them a genuine chance in the first team and developing them into stars.
It would also offer him the chance to work with Arsene Wenger who is arguably the best manager going, when it comes to taking teenagers and developing them into solid first team players quickly.
If he wanted to go up to the North West then there does seem to be interest from Manchester City, where he would get the best possible chance to play constant youth team football.
However, he would be unlikely to get anywhere near the first team unless he started scoring goals at a Lionel Messi type rate, which would grab the attention of Roberto Mancini.
He has a solid chance of silverware if he moves to all three clubs but he could well follow the recent example set by current Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
Butland is on loan at Birmingham and turned down the chance to sign for Chelsea in the last transfer window because he didn’t want to risk his career and immediate development.
If Birmingham can get him tied down to some sort of deal then they could get a solid amount of compensation for him but they look destined to lose him, and others like him, unless they can transform things soon both on and of the field.
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