Arsenal have started negotiations over new deals for Tyreece John-Jules and Xavier Amaechi, according to the Mirror.
The 18-year-old John-Jules, a striker by trade, and Amaechi, also 18 but playing in the middle of the park, have been on the radar of several big clubs across Europe, most notably Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions have a relatively healthy approach (for themselves) in picking transfer targets, and while they are always looking to sign a top class player like Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels and many others, they always find room for the likes of former Gunner Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Niklas Sule.
They are on a constant lookout for young talents which they can mould according to their needs, and it has served them extremely well in recent years.
Therefore, when Bayern Munich are looking at one of your young players, it’s a sign that you should be doing everything you can to keep hold of that player and try and bring that magic out of him yourself. And in the cases of John-Jules and Amaechi, the Gunners seem to be doing just that.
At the moment, Arsenal are facing the prospect of another year without Champions League football unless they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final, and that is never a good thing in itself, let alone when you’re trying to tie a player down to a new deal. The young duo will take some convincing to put pen to paper, as things stand at the moment.
English clubs are finding it hard to compete with the lure of the continent, especially following the successful story of Jadon Sancho, a 19-year-old winger who lit up the Bundesliga this season following a move from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea themselves have been struggling with the same issue. Callum Hudson-Odoi is also being targeted by Bayern, and while the Blues have been able to prevent him from leaving so far, it remains to be seen what will happen when his contract moves closer to its expiration date.