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Arsenal battling to keep one of their best young assets amid Bayern Munich interest

Arsenal are sweating on the news that Bayern Munich is interested in signing one of the club’s most promising prospects this summer

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Arsenal are in a transfer quandary as reports emerge of Bayern Munich’s interest in wonderkid Chido Obi-Martin. The 16-year-old prodigy, hailed as one of Arsenal’s brightest academy talents, has sparked a tug-of-war between the Gunners and the Bavarian giants.

Obi-Martin’s rise to prominence has been nothing short of remarkable. Notably, he netted an astonishing 10 goals for Arsenal’s U16s in a resounding 14-3 victory over Liverpool U16s last November.

Following this feat, he was swiftly promoted to Arsenal’s U18s, where he continued his goal-scoring spree, notching seven goals in a dominant 9-0 win against Norwich U18s over the weekend.

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However, Arsenal face a huge challenge in retaining Obi-Martin’s services. The teenager’s dual-nationality status, coupled with current Football Association (FA) regulations, presents a stumbling block.

Arsenal youngster Chido Obi-Martin

Arsenal youngster Chido Obi-Martin (Image credit: Getty Images)

Under FA rules, Obi-Martin cannot pen a professional contract with Arsenal until his 17th birthday on November 29. This restriction does not apply in certain European countries like Germany, where players can sign professional deals at the age of 16.

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In the wake of Brexit, Premier League youngsters holding European Union (EU) passports, such as Obi-Martin, have become prime targets for German clubs. The allure of immediate professional contracts and first-team opportunities has prompted Bayern Munich, Germany’s premier football institution, to express keen interest in securing Obi-Martin’s signature, as reported by The Times.

For Arsenal, losing Obi-Martin to the club that ousted them from European competition would be a significant setback. Determined to retain the prodigious talent, the Gunners are engaged in negotiations with Obi-Martin’s representatives, striving to persuade him to rebuff Bayern Munich’s advances.

Adding to Arsenal’s apprehension, Obi-Martin recently inked an agreement with Elite Project Group, the same agency instrumental in orchestrating Jadon Sancho’s move to Borussia Dortmund. While uncertainties loom large over Obi-Martin’s future, it remains unclear whether he will opt to remain at the Emirates or seek greener pastures elsewhere.

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