Arsenal and Chelsea may be set to lock horns in the Premier League next weekend in the division's top clash, but the two London rivals could also be poised to spark a transfer battle as the duo pursue a deal to land one of the world's most promising youngsters.
PSV Eindhoven winger Zakaria Bakkali, 18, joined the Dutch side as a 12-year-old after spells with RFC de Liege and Standard Liege, two clubs in his hometown in Belgium. Bakkali has impressed at every level he's played at, from the PSV 'Jong' side to the Belgium Under 15's, 16's, 17's and 21's before making his full international debut against Wales in October 2013.
Belgium were desperate to make sure Bakkali would play for them given the possibility of a future call-up from Morocco, and it's not hard to see why. Bakkali is a diminutive, tricky winger who possesses pace, technique and dribbling ability, all of which have made him a hot commodity in the transfer market.
Liverpool were strongly linked with a move to sign Bakkali in the summer as manager Brendan Rodgers made moves to improve his attacking options in light of Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona, but no deal could be struck with the Reds, whilst Atletico Madrid were also believed to be monitoring his situation in Eindhoven.
At 18, it's no surprise to hear that Bakkali has had some attitude problems during his time under PSV boss Phillip Cocu, and any manager who takes him on must be aware that it will be a big task coaxing the best out of him. Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are reportedly interested in a January move for Bakkali, and both had have had their fair share of troublemakers in the past - which could tempt them even more into trying to sign the Belgian wonderkid.