Reports: Chelsea to win three-way tug-of-war with Arsenal and Manchester City for German wonderkid
What's the story?
Jann-Fiete Arp is a pretty popular name in the Bundesliga after bursting on to the scene with Hamburg. The 17-year-old is garnering quite a lot of attention from elsewhere as many see him as a future Germany superstar. As many as three Premier League clubs are said to be interested in his services according to reports, but apparently, Chelsea are ahead in the queue for his signature.
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The German starlet became the first player born in the 21st century to score a goal in the Bundesliga and has managed a total of two goals in four games. He also played in the recent U17 World Cup held in India.
Despite signing a professional contract earlier in the year, he could soon move as it'd be hard to reject Chelsea when they come calling. Hamburg have been ever-present in the Bundesliga since its inception in 1963, but don't seem like challenging the top ten sides any time soon, so he could move if they get relegated or don't make progress.
The heart of the matter
Chelsea are set to beat competition from Arsenal and Manchester City, according to the report by Metro. It's pretty common knowledge that Arsenal tend to focus on signing talented young players and City's academy is one of the best in terms of infrastructure, so if the Blues can manage to sign Arp, it'll be a coup as he is quite a talented young boy.
He is developing at quite a rate and has 17 goals in 18 U17 games for Germany, so all he needs is the right guidance. Chelsea did sign exciting young prospects in the past but for reasons puzzling to many, they were shipped out of the club way too soon. The fans will hope Arp will be the start of something new where the club can first sign and hold on to a starlet before he goes on to achieve great things at the club.
The Bundesliga is known for producing exciting players and Jann-Fiete Arp is no doubt a quality player. But having just burst on to the scene at Hamburg, he needs to stay put and chisel his game in the German top flight instead of making a hasty move.
The likes of Julian Brandt, Jonathan Tah and Leon Goretzka have been around for a couple of years in the Bundesliga after making their debuts at a young age, and that has done them a world of good. So Arp should look to emulate them.