According to a report from The Express, Arsenal and Manchester United are among clubs interested in signing Everton’s teenage full-back Thierry Small.
The marauding 16-year-old left-back is one of the Toffees’ finest prospects. His style of play has drawn comparisons to Bayern Munich star and recent Champions League winner Alphonso Davies, which is a huge compliment.
Arsenal need a left-back in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Kieran Tierney is our only available left-back at the moment. Sead Kolasinac’s future is away from the Emirates, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles might also decide to move on in the summer window.
Cedric Soares can play at left-back and he has done really well there. However, a right-footer on the opposite side slightly disrupts the balance of the team, which is not ideal for Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal will surely be on the market for a new left-back this summer, and Small – even though he’s only 16 years old – could well be a decent back-up to Tierney next season.
Small wants regular first-team chances
The report claims that Small is prepared to snub offers from bigger clubs to join a side that will give him the opportunity to play every week. That is a shame as Arsenal will not accept that demand under any circumstances.
Small will most likely end up at a club like Brighton or Brentford, who are also interested in his services. Those clubs can offer more game time to the teenager than Arsenal or Manchester United, which is what he is really looking for.
The report claims that Everton will be entitled to a fee of just about £1 million if Small decides to move on this summer. Arsenal would love to get him, but the chances of that happening are extremely slim at the moment.