Ten Hag could repeat Man Utd’s Rvp masterclass with move for “special” 5 ft 5 dynamo

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According to reports, Manchester United is eager to raid one of their Premier League rivals, with Erik ten Hag and company apparently interested in Ethan Nwaneri, the teenage star at Arsenal.

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In his weekly column for The Athletic, journalist David Ornstein claims that the Red Devils are among a select group of premier league teams that are’monitoring’ the 16-year-old, along with Chelsea and Manchester City.

According to the article, if the England youth international does not agree to new terms with the Gunners before his schoolboy registration expires next month, a slew of suitors are ready to pounce.

The London-born teenager made headlines after making his first-team Emirates debut against Brentford in September at the age of just 15, breaking the record for the youngest player to play in the Premier League.

Who is Ethan Nwaneri from Arsenal?

Unsurprisingly, the record-breaking senior debut propelled young Nwaneri into the spotlight. The 5 foot 5 dynamo in particular received high acclaim from senior teammate Granit Xhaka, who praised him as “very, very special” and a player with a “big future.”

Although Mikel Arteta’s team will be hoping that the ‘future’ is in north London, it would be a major coup for Manchester United to be able to sign such a talented player from one of their longtime rivals. The promising midfielder has only recently come into his own after scoring for his nation in the current U17 European Championship, bringing his overall tally at that age group to eight goals in just 14 appearances.

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The playmaker could end up following in Robin van Persie’s footsteps as he would not be the first highly-rated talent to leave Arsenal for the Theatre of Dreams. The small ace has six goals and four assists to his record for the Gunners at the junior level this season.

Ten Hag will be hoping to repeat the club’s brilliant signing of his countryman back in 2012, when Van Persie left the Emirates to sign with Sir Alex Ferguson’s team on a £24 million deal.

In the end, that contentious move—which occurred as the striker’s contract with his previous employers was coming to an end—paid off for both the Dutchman and the Red Devils, as the merciless scorer scored 26 league goals in his first season in Manchester and assisted in the team’s championship run.

After being hailed as “unbelievable” by the legendary Ferguson, the former Netherlands international would go on to score just 22 goals in the top flight over the course of the next two seasons before moving to Fenerbahce, though his decision to leave the capital had undoubtedly paid off given his immediate impact.

The Old Trafford supporters would be delighted to be able to steal another high-profile jewel from the Gunners, following the success of Van Persie, even though it might take some time for the bright adolescent to make his mark on United’s first-team ranks in the case of Nwaneri.

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