Charlton starlet Diego Poyet has opted to walk away from the Championship club at the end of his contract - which will spark a transfer tussle between the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham according to reports.
The 19-year-old made 20 league appearances at The Valley last term to help the London outfit avoid the drop. In the process he also attracted the interest of numerous big-name Premier League clubs who were said to be keeping a close eye on him.
Amongst his suitors are said to be Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, while his father Gustavo Poyet who is in charge of Sunderland may take him to the Stadium of Light.
Charlton director Katrien Meire said of Poyet's decision not to sign a new contact: “We are extremely disappointed that Diego has turned down our offer for him to stay with us.
“We did all we could to persuade him to remain with the club where he has played from a very young age.
It was claimed back in March that the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal what sent scouts to watch him play, and it seems as though they were impressed with what they saw. Chelsea could hold the upper hand because of his father's association with Chelsea - although Gus also played for Tottenham before hanging up his boots.
Although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a track record of signing and then developing young players, his focus this summer will likely be on securing the services of a big-name forward.
AC Milan ace Mario Balotelli has been linked with a switch to north London but Wenger has today refuted that claim, while Mario Mandzukic is also believed to be on Arsenal's radar.
Chelsea meanwhile have wasted no time in adding some fresh blood to their squad, with Cesc Fabregas already on board from Barcelona. Diego Costa should follow from Spain shortly. Whether Poyet is the next face to arrive at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen.
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