Premier League trio want 16-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City are all tracking Belgian prodigy Youri Tielemans – the latest talent to emerge from Anderlecht’s academy, reports the Independent.
Tielemans, 16, already looks at home in Belgium’s Juliper Pro League and is the third youngster player ever to play in the Champions League after starting Anderlecht’s 3-0 defeat against Olympiakos.
The versatile midfielder scored a stunning hat-trick for Belgium’s under-16 side against Germany in May and his eight goals in ten games at that level persuaded Anderlecht boss John van den Brom to blood him in pre-season.
Tielemans is already responsible for taking set pieces for the club and the additional pressure does not seem to have affected the youngster, who appears most comfortable operating as a box-to-box player.
Manchester City have come closest to landing the midfielder after Belgium international captain Vincent Kompany, also a product of Anderlecht’s academy, recommended Tielemans.
But the player’s family blocked the move to the Etihad Stadium this summer because they want Tielemans to continue to learn his trade at home for at least another two seasons.
Arsenal’s newly-appointed scout Ty Gooden has already identified him as a standout prospect in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League, while Spurs, who boast Belgian trio Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli, are also keen on the young star.