Emirates boss looks to complete deal to bring Crewe teenager to the club.
Arsene Wenger is determined to bring teenage attacker Nick Powell to Arsenal from Crewe Alexandra.
The 16-year-old has already been the subject of a £1million bid from Arsenal, according to the News of the World, but Crewe’s veteran boss Dario Gradi is holding out for more, having tied Powell down to a three year deal at the club.
Gradi has produced a long line of top players, all the way from David Platt to more recent examples of Dean Ashton and Danny Murphy.
Powell, who is an attacking midfielder and can also play as a striker, made his first-team debut this season at Cheltenham Town , but has starred for England at under-16 and under-17 level.
The News of the World claims that Wenger is determined to make a bid for Powell in January that Crewe cannot refuse. Wenger has a reputation for developing excellent young talent at Arsenal and will hope that Powell can be the latest youngster to excel at the highest level for the Gunners. (IMScouting)
Dario Gradi is of course in many ways a lower league version of Arsene Wenger, a boss always ready to give youth a chance and he appears to have another star in the making on his hands. 16 year old Nick Powell has showed his ability when lining up for the England Under 17 side, whom he has scored twice for in three appearances.
The Crewe boss may well want to keep hold of the teenager but knows also that he can’t hold back such a high profile move and at least he will know that under the tutelage of the Emirates boss he will get a decent shot at breaking into the first team picture further down the line.
Some sources believe that a move in January for the young talent will include an immediate loan back to the League Two side until the end of the season. Arsenal have of course got a wealth of young talent at their disposal but it seems that Wenger has seen something he likes the look of.
A move may end up setting the north London back around £3.5m which could still work out to be a bargain if Powell lives up to his potential. The youngster has been likened to Wayne Rooney but such parallels may be a tad too much pressure to live up to.