The Premier League’s top six sides are in the middle of a battle to try and lure Blackburn Rovers’ midfield prodigy Vilius Piliukaitis, according to TEAMtalk.

Lithuanian midfielder Vilius Piliukaitis only joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the summer transfer window, but could already be set to leave with six Premier League giants ready to go to battle to try and secure the youngster’s signature.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are all in the chase for the midfielder’s signature. Piliukaitis joined from the Lithuanian National Football Academy on an initial loan deal, with the deal including an option for Blackburn Rovers to sign the 17-year-old on a permanent basis.

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Rovers now face a battle to keep the youngster, with the Premier League’s big six lurking – even after such a short time since the start of his career in England. Piliukaitis put in a man of the match performance in Rovers Under-18s draw with Manchester City’s Under-18s, picking up Rovers’ goal in a 1-1 draw.

He followed up his man of the match performance with an eye-catching display against West Bromwich Albion’s youngsters a week later, where he had a hand in all four goals of Blackburn’s 4-1 rout, picking up two goals and two assists.

Before Blackburn Rovers sealed the signing of the youngster, Liverpool and Spurs were also in the race for the Lithuanian prodigy, and are set to return for the midfielder.

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The development and potential the youngster has shown has come as a shock to Blackburn’s youth academy staff, making an amazing impact since making his way into the academy side after not featuring in their first five games. In four games for the Under-18s, the midfielder has contributed three goals and two assists.


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