Peterborough United Official Confirms Arsenal's Interest in Youngster

23 July 2016 13:38

​Peterborough United's Director of Football Barry Fry has revealed Arsenal are interested in starlet Leonardo da Silva Lopes along with rivals Tottenham and Chelsea. 

The 17-year-old has made 10 League One appearances in the early part of his senior career and has already caught the attention of the Premier League and London big boys. 

"The word is out that Leo is a very talented 17-year-old and clubs have been flocking to watch him," Fry told ​Peterborough Today.

"Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs are among those to have sent scouts to watch him."

Despite interest from Premier League clubs, manager Grant McCann is determined to keep hold of the Portuguese player. 

"Leo is a very good player and he’s been in very good form this summer so I hope I don’t lose him," the Peterborough manager said. 

"There have been many clubs watching him and I’m not surprised. He’s strong, he’s athletic and he carries the ball very well."

While Lopes would no doubt be a signing for the future, Arsenal and Chelsea are both in the market for players to strengthen their squads now. 

Arsenal's pursuit of a striker is well known after they activated the £20m release clause in Jamie Vardy's contract — only for the 29-year-old to reject a move to the Emirates and then agree a new four-year deal with current club and Premier League champions Leicester City. 

Meanwhile, Chelsea are said to have had two bids rejected for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his forward options for the 4-2-4 formation he is set to deploy this season. 

Source: 90min