Arsenal and Chelsea have been placed on red alert after Portuguese starlet Andre Silva decided to leave Porto at the end of the season, reports the Sunday People.
The 18-year-old striker is considered one of the hottest prospects in Portugal and Porto offered him a lucrative contract to tempt him to committing his long-term future to the club. However, that deal was rejected and he is now expected to depart when contract expires in June.
Premier League interest
Silva is now looking at a move to the Premier League, which has left Arsenal and Chelsea on red alert. Both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho rate the striker highly and want to bring him to London.
According to the same report, Arsenal are at the front of the queue for Silva but Mourinho is likely to provide a tempting offer to rival them. The fact that Mourinho is a hero in Portugal may provide him with an advantage.
However, Chelsea do not have track record of bringing talent through the youth system, instead opting to use Roman Abramovich's cash to sign readymade stars. Contrarily, Arsenal are very much geared towards developing young stars.
Silva caught the attention of scouts from the Emirates and Stamford Bridge after finishing the second highest scorer in at the Euro Under-19 Championship in the summer. The teenager grabbed five goals in the competition.
Other clubs around Europe are believed to be interested as well, but Silva has his heart set on a move to England.