Arsenal starlet Chuba Akpom has emerged as a shock summer transfer target for Borussia Dortmund, with the Daily Star reporting that the Bundesliga giants are close to agreeing personal terms on a Bosman switch that has come from nowhere.
Akpom is out of contract at the end of the season and there's no sign of that changing from Arsenal's end at this stage, despite the 19-year-old being widely regarded as one of English football's brightest young prospect.
The pacy, powerful young striker has also been identified by Manchester City, Everton and Arsenal's bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur as a player worth monitoring, which has piled the pressure on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to decide if Akpom has a future at the Emirates.
Klopp is a big fan of Akpom
Dortmund have reportedly been seriously impressed with Akpom's displays for Arsenal's under-21 academy side, with the England youth international scoring nine goals in 10 games at that level.
Strong showings for the reserves have been enough to persuade Gunners boss Arsene Wenger the talent's worth three first-team appearances this season, but talks over a new contract have not followed with that promotion.
Dortmund considering January offer
Wenger wants Akpom to stay put and is prepared to hold talks with the prospect over his long-term future, but that hasn't deterred Dortmund in the slightest.
The struggling German side are even considering a cut-price January bid to secure Akpom's services, rather than wait until the summer and risk missing out altogether.
It's clear Arsenal have some work to do to stop Akpom walking out of the door for a measly compensation fee when the current campaign concludes, with Wenger also facing a tricky call over whether to let the prodigy go out on loan between now and May.
Akpom has spent time at Coventry City and Bradford City already in his fledging career without impressing, but now looks far more mature and capable of scoring goals consistently if another similar opportunity comes along.
Far more pressingly for the youngster is the issue of sorting out where he'll play next season and beyond, with the offer of a move to Dortmund a daunting but potentially very exciting curveball in his thoughts over the next few weeks.
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