Chelsea & Arsenal chase Belgian starlet

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Chelsea and Arsenal are among the Premier League clubs being linked with a move for Belgian starlet Junior Malanda. reports that both the Blues and Gunners have set their sights on the U21 international, and sent scouts to watch the player in action against Italy last night.

Everton and Fulham also sent representatives to watch the 19-year-old, as well as a number of other players, during their Euro 2015 qualifier.

Malanda is a defensive midfielder currently plying his trade at Zulte Waregem, on loan from Bundesliga outfit Werde Bremen. The Pro League side also have Thorgan Hazard on their books, on loan from Chelsea.

The Belgian revolution has already swept through the Premier League, with the Blues one of the clubs to benefit from the nation’s rapid rise in talent.

Indeed, manager Jose Mourinho has Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne to call upon this season. The Chelsea boss has also sent the younger Hazard, Thiabut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku away from Stamford Bridge on loan.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have just one Belgian on their books at the present time, with Thomas Vermaelen moving to the Emirates Stadium back in 2009.

Arsene Wenger also has a track record of getting the best out of young players in north London, and offers Malanda a history of youth progression into the Gunners’ first team if he were to make a move to the club.

However, the Arsenal boss will be under no illusions over the competition for the player’s signature, and with a quartet of clubs already showing interest, the talented teenager obviously wouldn’t come cheap either.

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