Arsenal have offered a first professional contract to promising Under-18s starlet Kido Taylor-Hart amid interest from across Europe, a report claims.
Taylor-Hart is one of 19 young Gunners on scholarship deals looking to make the next step towards first-team action.
Indeed, the 18-year-old is aiming to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.
He is well on the way to making his name, having scored four goals and assisted six others in Under-18s Premier League action this season.
Such a record from nine games correlates to a goal every 125 minutes for the winger.
However, he has also scored twice in nine Under-23s matches, breaching the expected levels for his age group.
As such, football.london reports that the Gunners want to tie him down to a first professional contract.
Arsenal have made their offer, but there is no mention of the figures involved. What is clear, though, is that the north London club would do well to tie the teenager down.
Taylor-Hart, who has made one appearance for England’s Under-17s, reportedly has interest from elsewhere in England, as well as in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
The forward could also find himself in a privileged position, football.london reports. Arsenal want a cull of their young talent, with a ‘large number’ of players likely to leave this summer.
Highly-rated starlet Folarin Balogun could well be among them. The striker has stepped up to the first team this term with Europa League action, but football.london claims that the youngster will not renew his contract.
As pointed out, Arsenal’s strong reputation for promoting youth has continued this season.
Smith Rowe, 20, inspired a turnaround in form just after Christmas, while Saka is staking a claim to be among the senior England squad for Euro 2020.
Arsenal financial woes continue
However, all is not rosy for Arsenal, amid the release of their latest financial accounts.
The Gunners have announced a loss for the second year in a row, with the figure increasing by £20million.
What’s more, the coronavirus pandemic has more than played its part.