Ethan Ampadu wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea & Liverpool

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Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are all interested in signing Welsh wonderkid Ethan Ampadu, reports the Daily Star.

The 14-year-old hit headlines after opting to play for the Wales Under-16 national side instead of England's Under-15s. He had spent three days at St George’s Park last month and currently player for Exeter.


He came off the bench in Wales’ 1-0 Victory Shield win over England in Bangor on Friday night. And it appears that a few representatives from Premier League clubs may have been present.

A host of elite Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on the youngster, who is one of the youngest players in Osian Roberts’ impressive Under-16 set up. But it is Arsene Wenger's Arsenal who appear set to win the race.

That is not down to the influence of Wenger, who has a reputation of blooding young talent, but because Ampadu's father, Kwame, is currently an coach at Arsenal's Hale End academy.

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While there is no suggestion that the youngster will want to follow his dad to the Emirates, it is reasonable to assume that his father's presence gives Arsenal an unmatched advantage in the race for his signature.

Rejecting England

Ampadu's decision to turn down England in favour of Wales is not an unprecedented one. Ryan Giggs famously opted to play for Wales after emerging through the Manchester United academy while Chelsea's Cole da Silva has also done the same.

Da Silva was given the  chance to be a part of Dan Ashworth's elite development squad instead of linking up with Gareth Southgate's England Under-21 side.

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