Arsenal appears to be favourites to secure services of Sunderland wonderkid Logan Pye ahead of their rivals Man Utd.
The 15-year-old has impressed scouts from both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Pye, who can play at either centre of the defensive end or on the flank, he has become a regular in Sunderland’s U18 side this campaign and has also been capped by England at U16 side.
The Red Devils had weighed up a bid for him over the summer, however, their hesitancy has allowed the North London club to jump to the front of the queue to secure his services, according to the Sun.
Sunderland’s failure to secure a return to the Championship last season means it is unlikely that they will be able to stand in Pye’s way should he wish to move on.
The Gunners have made a clear strategic shift in their transfer policy since the arrival of Unai Emery was appointed with a number of their new players over the past 18-months aged 24 or under.
Arsenal have signed three youngsters under Unai Emery – Gabriel Martinelli, Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba – and Pye could be the next addition.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, are also prioritising the signings of talented players, homegrown youngsters under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James joining them this summer.
Despite their struggles in recent years, the Black Cats have an excellent academy having produced the likes of the Merseyside Reds skipper Jordan Henderson and Everton stopper Jordan Pickford.