Manchester United & Arsenal set for transfer fight over starlets

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Manchester United and Arsenal could be set to go-head-to-head in the transfer market over two budding Benfica starlets.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Premier League title rivals have both received positive reports from scouts concerning Goncalo Guedes and Joao Nunes, with both now interested in signing the young pair - who both have release clauses of £350,000 in their current contracts in Portugal - during the summer.

18-year-old Nunes, a defender, is an ever present in Benfica's youth team while Guedes, 17, plays on the wing.

Quite who would come out on top if such a transfer battle were to transpire, is sure to be a matter for fierce debate among supporters.

Manchester United boast a rich tradition of nurturing youth talent that famously produced the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville as part of the group dubbed 'the class of 92'.

In recent years, however, it is Arsenal who have developed a reputation as being committed to developing young players.

Long-serving French boss Arsene Wenger, who has astonishingly held his current position for a longer period of time than all other 19 Premier League managers combined, has often opted to bring through products of the club's prolific academy in recent years rather than squandering money on bringing expensive foreign imports to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's superior league position could conceivably be a deciding factor but, despite the Red Devils' underwhelming campaign to date, it is my no means guaranteed that Manchester United will still be left trailing in their wake come the end of the season.

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