Arsenal have ‘asked to be kept informed of developments’ regarding the young Everton left-back Thierry Small, according to The Daily Mail.
The newspaper claims that Small is regarded by many as the country’s best of his age in his position, and has drawn comparisons with Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies ‘due to his style, pace and marauding runs’.
It adds that Bayern have ‘expressed a concrete interest’ in the 16-year-old Arsenal target, whom Juventus, Wolfsburg, Valencia, Monaco and Benfica are all ‘keen to sign’.
As such, Everton are said to be ‘doing all they can’ to keep Small, who was crowned Toffees under-16 player of the year last season, offering him a ‘generous’ three-year deal.
But The Daily Mail warns that the former West Bromwich Albion kid, who is not yet tied to a professional contract, ‘believes he is ready to make the transition to first-team football and is considering which club will give him the clearest pathway to achieving that objective’.
Whether that is Everton, Arsenal or another club altogether remains to be seen, however.
Everton, Arsenal or neither – at which club would be best for Small to develop?