Over the last few matches, Arsenal supporters have been treated to a new face manning their defence, in the form of Reiss Nelson. The 17-year-old is a product of their youth academy, and proved impressive enough in the position during the pre-season to be offered a place in the Gunners’ senior team.
His companion in the youth team is 18-year-old midfielder Marcus McGuane, but things don’t look as positive for him in London.
The Italian champions seem to be in the most prominent position to sign the highly rated central midfielder, similar to the manner in which they landed Paul Pogba from Manchester United back in 2012.
McGuane was also the captain of England’s U-18 side. As a result, he may even opt to stay in England in order to break into the national team. If this proves to be the case, a move into the first teams of the Manchester clubs might prove to be more than enough to pry him away from the Emirates.
Furthermore, the player has just one year remaining on his Arsenal contract. If the same were to expire, any club willing to sign him would solely have to pay the FIFA compensation fees. However, the London club is believed to be working out a contract for the youngster.
At the end of the day, the prospect of European football, and having a prominent position in which to improve his skills might prove to be enough inspiration for the player to leave Arsenal.
McGuane is renowned for his tough tackling abilities. Owing to the less than satisfactory fashion in which Jack Wilshere and company have been in midfield, losing the prodigy might prove to be very expensive for the Gunners.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.