Arsenal chief Edu locked in transfer battle with Chelsea for prolific teenager striker

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Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly going head-to-head in the race to sign Turkish wonderkid Ali Akman. The 18-year-old gem has enjoyed a stellar breakthrough campaign with Bursaspor in his homeland, attracting the interest of several top clubs from across the continent.

Akman has found the net nine times in 16 matches this season as he slowly establishes himself as a regular.

The teenager would cost around £3million and the deal is there to be done for any interest clubs this month.

Salzburg and Galatasaray have already tried to prise him away from the club, both failing with bids in December.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal and Chelsea have now entered the fray after monitoring his progress.

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Akman has just under six months remaining on his current contract and does not intend to sign a new deal.

Cash-strapped Bursaspor, who now play their football in the second tier of Turkish football, are now looking to sell to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

The striker is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs ahead of a potential move this summer.

Arsenal chief Edu is open to investing more money into the club’s youth and is optimistic of a bright future under Mikel Arteta.

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The Gunners recently snapped up 19-year-old defender Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin for a fee of £500,000.

Rekik’s brother Karim plays for Sevilla and the teenager has already spent time in England with Manchester City.

He will train with the first-team but is expected to play his football with the club’s under-23s.

Akman is likely to follow a similar pathway should Arsenal win the race for his signature.

The forward first made a name for himself at Bursaspor when he burst onto the scene at 16.

Yet it was a goal from the halfway line for Turkey under-17s that really got people talking about his star potential.

Since then, Akman is said to have showcased his dribbling and finishing ability for club and country while continuing his physical development.

Clubs from Germany, Italy and France are also said to be interested.

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