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Derby teenager attracts Arsenal ahead of U-21 debut

Highly rated Derby County midfielder Will Hughes has attracted top English clubs while he prepares to embark upon his new journey for the England U-21 side.

The 17-year-old midfielder is set to become the second youngest player to represent the U-21 side for England in Tuesday night’s friendly against Northern Ireland.

However, much before the youngster got this opportunity, Arsenal have been monitoring his situation with close interest with manager Arsene Wenger has been checking reports on him through chief scout Steve Rowley. And, the report is expected to be a highly positive one. Liverpool and Manchester City are also aware of his vast potential.

Derby manager Nigel Clough, who already compared the youngster with young Liam Brady, could be forced to sell the highly rated youngster as the club’s American owners are eager to reduce the cost, mainly the wage bills.

According to The Telegraph, The Rams would ask the Gunners for a fee in the region of £4m but come New Year it may raise the sale price, if other clubs join the bidding war.

Wenger has a fascination of grooming the best young players in the country and is keen on recruiting more young talents could well sign him up in two months’ time from now.