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Ethan Ampadu set to sign for Arsenal

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Arsenal are on the verge of beating Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool to the signing of Ethan Ampadu thanks to the fact the Exeter City wonderkid's father Kwame is already a coach in the north London club's academy.

The Daily Star cites the Sun on Sunday when reporting that the Wales youth international has opted to move to the Emirates Stadium, despite attracting widespread interest from a host of other Premier League suitors.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's esteemed reputation for the nurturing and development of up-and-coming talent looks to have proved decisive in Ampadu's eventual decision, as well as the fact the youngster has some inside information on what it would be like turning out for the youth team.

Exeter are resigned to the fact that they're going to lose the Wales U16 international's services before he's even made a breakthrough at senior level for the League Two outfit.

As is often the way with precocious young talent developed in the lower leagues, they are snapped up by bigger and better clubs before being afforded an opportunity to pay back the team that provided them with the opportunity to make it in professional football.

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Ampadu's father will surely have his son's best interests at heart though, and will likely have sought assurances from Wenger that the talented teenager will be provided with the platform needed to take his game to the next level.

The news will come as a significant blow to the likes of Louis van Gaal, Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho, who each in their own way have been tasked with bringing through homegrown players from the youth ranks at Old Trafford, Anfield and Stamford Bridge over the coming years.

Manchester United have already made use of their development squad this season when Van Gaal was short on options in defence, while the Blues' Portuguese boss has spoken out about his desire to mentor a number of promising young talents emerging from the Chelsea academy.

However, despite their best intentions it looks as though it will be Arsenal that win the race for Ampadu, with the starlet's father playing an instrumental role in luring him to the club.

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