Arsenal look set to defeat Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in the battle for 14-year-old wonderkid Ethan Ampadu and will do so because they have the upper hand with a family connection.
According to The Sun, Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal have had their clubs going head-to-head in the battle to snap up the promising midfielder from current club Exeter City, where he has been making quite a name for himself at their academy.
However, previous reports this week suggested that both Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers had despatched scouts to go an keep an eye on Ampadu, with a major Premier League transfer tussle expected to ensure.
It looks as though Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are set for disappointment, if this latest report from The Sun is anything to go by. That is because it clams that the Gunners have successfully been able to exploit a family connection in getting a deal done.
Ampadu’s father, Kwesi, is currently a coach at the Arsenal academy’s Hale End training ground and it appears, from the report, that this link has been exploited to fight off any rival bids out of Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge or Anfield.
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Despite spending time with the England Under-15 squad at the St George’s Park training complex, Ampadu chose to represent Wales and featured as a substitute in their recent 1-0 win over England Under-16s.