Arsenal & Chelsea handed Bakkali boost

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Arsenal and Chelsea have been handed a potential boost in their pursuit of Belgian sensation Zakaria Bakkali, according to reports.

Dutch publication De Telegraaf claims that PSV Eindhoven have accepted the fact that they will have to sell the talented teenager if they can’t persuade him to sign a contract extension at the Philips Stadium.

The 17-year-old is currently tied to the club until July 2015, and PSV are hoping to agree a one-year extension before discussing a bigger deal in the future.

However, club technical director Marcel Brands would consider ‘substantial offers’ if this agreement can’t be reached, the report in The Daily Express claims.

That’s news that could encourage interested parties in England, with both the Gunners and Blues cited as potential future destinations for the player.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a track record of getting the best out of young players at the Emirates Stadium, and would love to get the chance to repeat the trick with Bakkali.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson are all relative youngster playing first team football for the Gunners, and their path is one that the Belgian could follow.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have invested heavily in young players in recent times, and manager Jose Mourinho has continued the trend since taking the helm at Stamford Bridge.

Bakkali would also have plenty of compatriots to help him settle in west London, with Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard all part of first team activities under ‘the special one’.

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