Manchester United are reportedly leading a handful of Barclays Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, in the race to sign Dulwich Hamlet defender Michael Chambers.

The 17-year-old centre back spent time with Millwall and Reading before his release from the Npower Championship club.

Currently captain of the Ryman League team's academy side, Chambers has earned rave reviews for his performances at senior level, alerting scouts from across the country to his potential, according to The Daily Mail.

Unsurprisingly, English champions Manchester United are at the head of the queue for the player, with Sir Alex Ferguson dispatching members of his staff to watch the teenager in action at Champions Hill.

Were Chambers to make a move to Old Trafford, he'd be joining one of Europe's top academies and a club with the tradition of bringing junior players through the ranks throughout its history.

Much of the Red Devils' success in the 90s was based around players who graduated from the youth system at Manchester United, with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville stalwarts under the Scot for a further period of success the following decade.

Manchester United have also shown a willingness to invest in young players this summer, with Phil Jones and David de Gea joining Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and Chris Smalling in the first team squad. However, Chambers may have to wait longer for a spell in the senior side, given his non-league background.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have a track record of investing in young players under Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman has brought Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Ignasi Miquel and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the Emirates during his reign with the Gunners, spending heavily to bring the two Englishmen to north London in particular.

Carl Jenkinson's £1 million move this summer showed that Wenger isn't afraid to take a defensive gamble, although Chambers would first spend time in the Arsenal youth and reserve team squads before graduating to the senior side.

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