Arsenal and Manchester City are both keen to sign Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton, whose father has confirmed that the Gunners have watched the 18-year-old in recent months. The teenager recently impressed while playing for the England Under-19s, resulting in firm interest from two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
Walton’s dad, Tim, has revealed that both Arsenal and City are keen to bring his son to the Premier League, while it’s believed the Gunners have even identified the youngster as a potential future number one.
"A number of clubs have been watching Christian. Arsenal are one and we know Man City are keen," Tim Walton told the Cornish Guardian. "He did extremely well in his three games for England, which has attracted some interest from clubs."
Walton Jr. is currently Brighton’s third-choice goalkeeper at the Amex Stadium and still learning his trade. However, the departure of former Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak is expected to lead to more first-team opportunities for the youngster during the 2014/15 campaign.
However, he might still be tempted to make a big summer move to one of England’s biggest club should the opportunity arise. Arsenal and Manchester City, though, both have goalkeepers that are likely to be around for many years to come in the form of Wojciech Szczesny and Joe Hart, respectively.
But Manchester City have released back-up goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, while Arsenal’s FA Cup final hero Lukasz Fabianski has joined Swansea City, meaning there might be a space for the youngster at one of the clubs this summer.