Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have joined a whole host of European heavyweights chasing Luc Castaignos, according to the player’s agent.
The Feyenoord youngster has also been touted as a possible signing for the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich but his agent has revealed the only concrete interest comes from Inter Milan.
Castaignos has been dubbed the new Thierry Henry by Netherlands under 17 coach Albert Stuivenburg and the striker has bagged 22 goals in 31 games for his country at youth level.
“His style of play has something in common with Henry. Some of his team-mates have compared him to Henry because he not only plays like him, but also looks like him a bit,” Stuivenburg said.
Although the 18-year-old’s scoring record at domestic level is not as impressive, with just four goals in 21 appearances, the interest keeps coming and it may not be long until he is lure away from the Dutch side.
Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham have also been linked but thus far agent Arie Treffers has not been contacted by any Barclays Premier League teams.
He said: “Arsenal and Tottenham? There are many interested, but only Inter have made a firm move.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is known to be a keen advocate of bringing youth through the Gunners ranks and is currently interested in bringing a striker to replace Nicklas Bendtner.
And Castaignos is reportedly available for just £4 million, which will also alert Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp.
Manchester United boss Fergie has admitted he is not looking to add to his Old Trafford squad next month but might make a move in the summer.
Spurs manager Redknapp would jump at the chance to beat his more illustrious neighbours to the punch by offering him more chance to be fast tracked into the White Hart Lane first team as he tries to juggle Tottenham’s European and domestic commitments.