Arsenal and Chelsea ready to lock horns over Premier League starlet

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Arsenal and Chelsea are primed for a fight over West Brom starlet Isaiah Brown, according to the Sun.

Brown is viewed as one of the most highly-rated prospects in the country, and was included in West Brom's first-team squad for their Premier League encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier this month.

Had Brown played in that fixture, he would have become the youngest ever Premier League player.

Arsenal are said to have been tracking the £1 million-rated 16-year-old for some time and are preparing to make above in the summer, however now Chelsea have entered the race for his signature.

The Stamford Bridge-based club are reportedly ready to offer £2 million for the talented youngster, and hope their connections with the Baggies will be conducive to getting a deal done.

Chelsea loaned Romeulu Lukaku to West Brom for the season while Steve Clarke, who was assistant to Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, is the club's manager.

News of Chelsea's interest will come as a blow to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has a history of snapping up the best of young British talent.

The Sun report the Frenchman has been handed glowing scouting reports on the England U-17 by Arsenal’s head of development and former Albion coach Terry Burton.

The matter is confused somewhat by the fact Brown is currently on a two-year scholarship deal with Albion, who hope to tie him down with a professional contract when he turns 17.


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