Young defender has been scouted by a whole host of big-name top-flight clubs of late.
Premier League giants Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been put on alert after it emerged that coveted young Hamburg centre-back Jonathan Tah was involved in a major contract dispute with his club, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The former Germany Under-17 international recently extended his deal with the Bundesliga strugglers by two years, meaning the 17-year-old is now tied down to Hamburg until June 2018.
However, Fifa rules stipulate that players under the age of 18 cannot sign contracts with clubs that are longer than three years, meaning the German’s current four-year deal is invalid and will not be recognised by world football’s governing body.
“The contract is only in the interest of the HSV and the consultant and not in the interest of my son. I should never have him signed with them. I will go to court”, said the player’s father Aquilas.
“According to Fifa rules, the contract is invalid because it is more than three years. This is not allowed for a minor. I will make sure that Adewunmi has nothing to do with my son.”
Meanwhile, the defender’s agent, Akeem Adewunmi, claims that: “The parents have signed, the boy has signed. Thus, the contract is valid. All this has its accuracy. Jonathan wants to stay until 2018 at HSV. Here people want to challenge something but there is nothing to challenge.”
And as a result, the likes of Arsenal and United in particular are said to be closely monitoring the outcome of this dispute, with both clubs having been following the youngster’s career with great interest since he was 15.