Liverpool and Arsenal are both interested in signing Leicester City youngster Ben Chilwell, according to the Independent.
The 19-year-old left-back made only his second appearance for the Foxes in Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie with Spurs but he put in an impressive performance during the 2-2 draw.
It’s reported that the hot prospect is currently being paid just £800-per-week at the King Power Stadium but the Daily Telegraph reports that he is set to be offered a new deal in order to stave off the interest of other Premier League clubs.
It is believed that Arsenal had a £3.5 million offer for the England under-20 international rejected in the summer but they remain interested in the player.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is adamant that the club will do all they can to keep hold of young players like Chilwell.
“We are building and looking for good, talented young players,” the 64-year-old said.
“Ben is our future and he stays with us. He had a very great match against Spurs, he was sure and outstanding. I am very surprised with how well he played, but that is what I wanted.”
Chilwell, who has 18 months remaining on his existing contract, made his debut for the club in October in a Capital One Cup tie against Hull City.
At the end of 2015 Chilwell was loaned out to Championship club Huddersfield Town where he played eight times, before returning to Leicester.
Arsene Wenger must rate Chilwell very highly as a new left-back shouldn’t be on their shopping list with Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs currently in their squad.
However, Liverpool’s interest is understandable as Alberto Moreno has looked unconvincing this season with 21-year-old Brad Smith being Jurgen Klopp’s second choice in that position.