Barcelona are interested in signing Arsenal starlet Chris Willock after scouts labelled him as one of the brightest talents in England, reports Mundo Deportivo.
The 17-year-old has been a standout star for Arsenal's Under-18 side since signing a scholarship last summer and made his debut for the Under-21 side earlier this season.
Arsenal fans got a taste of Willock's talent in pre-season after Arsene Wenger selected him for the game against Boreham Wood.
His skilful style left fans dreaming of another Jack Wilshere coming through the ranks and Wenger did not shy away from that comparison after the game had finished.
Speaking to reporters last July, the Arsenal boss said: “He’s a very young boy and I wanted him to have a run-out with the big boys to see how much he has to do.
“But technically and tactically he integrated very well. Of course it’s natural that he lacks a bit of power at that age but when he gets that he will be a very interesting player.”
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Rather worryingly, Wenger is not the only man to think Willock is a special talent as Barcelona scouts have already labelled him as one of England's brightest young talents.
Mundo Deportivo put Willock on a shortlist that includes some of the best starlets in world football, claiming they are all on a shortlist for the Catalan club once their transfer ban expires on January 1 2016.
Barcelona would love to get this deal done as they have seen so many of their own promising talents move to north London in the past.
Cesc Fabregas famously came to fruition as a Gunner, forcing Barcelona to pay £35m to bring him back to the Nou Camp. Hector Bellerin, who has been hugely impressive for Arsenal this season, was also plucked from La Masia.
They are obviously hoping to get their own back of Wenger, but face a formidable task in convincing Willock to leave his hometown.
Willock, who won't turn 18 until next January, has already rejected the chance to join his brother Matthew at Manchester United.
He and his brother started out life in the Arsenal academy, but Matthew, the eldest of three brothers, was plucked by the Red Devils, but Chris committed his future to Arsenal.
Whether he would be more tempted by a move to Barcelona, where he could potentially learn of a man who plays in a very similar position to him, Lionel Messi, is a different matter, of course.
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