Sporting Gijon starlet Alex Serrano will become the subject of a summer bidding war between two London-based clubs.
Skysports.com reports that Chelsea and Arsenal are eyeing the 16-year-old Spanish striker, who has been in fine form for Gijon’s youth side this season.
Serrano is yet to feature for the La Liga first-team, but reports in Spain indicate that Gijon are keen to keep the highly-rated youngster for the foreseeable future.
TalkSPORT previously reported that Chelsea would have to battle with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona for the player’s signature – whose well regarded reputation stems from being the son of former Madrid and Gijon defender Mino.
Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has been ordered by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to freshen up the squad at Stamford Bridge, with a view to pinpointing prospective summer signings from an array of Europe’s brightest young talent.
With the £50million headline signing of Fernando Torres in January, Chelsea will be hoping to use the prospect of linking up with the young Spaniard’s idol as a makeweight in any potential deal for Serran.
However, Arsenal have emerged as rivals for the player’s signature, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger also keen to orchestrate a deal that would see another promising youngster move to the Emirates Stadium with a view to being nurtured and developed into a future Barclays Premier League star.
What’s certain is that when the transfer window reopens in June, Serrano will be in high demand.
But as yet it remains to be seen whether he will opt to stay in Spain or alternatively make an important decision on a future career with either Chelsea or Arsenal.