Belgian starlet rejects United & Arsenal - accepts Barca invite

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Charly Musonda Jr has rejected a host of top clubs in favour of an invitation to train at Barcelona.

The 14-year-old midfielder, who has represented Belgium internationally at Under 15 level, recently signed a deal with Anderlecht which ties him to the club until 2018.

However, his father has revealed that Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have all shown an interest in the youngster, as well as clubs from across Spain.

Charly Musonda Snr, a former Zambian international, told Nieuwsblad: "We have received invites by Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, but I turned them down.

"So far, no ridiculous offers have been made. We have only accepted an invitation from Barcelona. My son has told me he would like to play at Barcelona one day. Real Madrid have also said my son could make it there, but I haven't received an invitation yet."

SkySports reports that the player has caught the eye of watching scouts in Belgium, a country where Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is known to have good contacts.


The Red Devils have also dealt with Anderlecht before, with Manchester United bringing starlet Adnan Januzaj to Old Trafford from the club in March, according to various media outlets.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also thought to have strong contacts in Belgium, and has even been in discussions with Anderlecht recently over a possible player-exchange deal.

“It is interesting for both parties," said general manager Herman van Holsbeeck in relation to a possible deal with the Gunners.

"I know they have a lot of good players that can play at a club who are in the Champions League or Europa League every year, play in competition every three days and where there is also a lot of pressure.

“For the moment nothing is decided. I was there a month ago and I will be back in a couple of weeks. I hope we can do something. That is what we both want.”

The deal was not engineered to give Arsenal an advantage in an attempt to bring coveted striker Romelu Lukaku to the Emirates, but could prove advantageous in the race to sign Musonda Jr ahead of their rivals.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United will need to persuade the player's father that England is a better option than La Liga, something that could be a tough task given the interest coming from the Nou Camp.

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