Arsenal have entered the race to sign Fulham prodigy Patrick Roberts, who has also caught the eye of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent months.

The 17-year-old forward is widely considered one of the most promising talents in the UK, while Arsenal scouts believe he could become just as good as Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who both arrived at the Emirates Stadium as teenagers from Southampton, according to the Telegraph.

Roberts made his Fulham debut as a substitute against Manchester City last month, while he was also brought on for the final 10 minutes of last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Everton.

Fulham boss Felix Magath hailed Roberts as an “extraordinary talent” back in March, a month after it was reported that Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona were tracking the teenager. It’s also believed Manchester United are big fans of the England Under-17 international, who turned 17 in February.

But despite the fact Europe’s biggest clubs are all keen to sign the talented Roberts, Fulham regard him as an important player for the future, with Magath emphasising the point that first-team football will only benefit his development.

"Pat is a very big talent and he will have a great career in front of him, so I think it is good for him to make the experience now in the Premier League, so he will get used to it," Magath told reporters. "He will be a player that we need in the future."

However, with Fulham currently bottom of the Premier League table with six matches left to play, the Cottagers are currently favourites to be relegated to the Championship. If that happens, then the west London outfit face an even tougher challenge to keep hold of their most gifted starlet.

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