Report: Celtic face battle with Arsenal for signature of John Souttar

Dundee United Tannadice

Arsenal have reportedly joined the race for Dundee United defender John Souttar.

According to The Sun, Arsenal are set to rival Celtic for the signature of Dundee United youngster John Souttar this summer.

Souttar, 18, joined Dundee United at the age of ten, and has made his way up through the ranks at Tannadice, eventually becoming a first team player.

The versatile teenager has now played 14 times this season, in addition to his 27 appearances last term, showing his potential under Jackie McNamara.

Capable of playing at centre back and in midfield, Souttar is one of Scotland's hottest prospects, with nine caps for the Under-19 side.

Unsurprisingly, having swooped to sign Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven from Dundee United in January, Celtic are now looking to sign Souttar too, according to the Daily Mail.

Now though, The Sun report that Arsenal have joined the race for his signature, with Gunners scout and ex-Leeds boss Brian McDermott allegedly scouting him against St. Johnstone on Saturday.

Manager Arsene Wenger snapped up Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal in January, but may want a younger defender to mould, with Souttar also having the potential to play in midfield too.

A move to Celtic - Scotland's biggest club - may be appealing, but the chance to join Arsenal may be too good for Souttar to turn down, if the Gunners do indeed make a move to sign him this summer.

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