AFC Bournemouth, AFC Bournemouth prodigy ‘snubs’ contract offer – Arsenal eyeing summer swoop

AFC Bournemouth prodigy ‘snubs’ contract offer – Arsenal eyeing summer swoop

According to The Sun, Arsenal are eyeing up a move for AFC Bournemouth’s emerging talent Ajani Burchall after he ‘snubbed’ a scholarship deal with the Cherries.

At only 16, Burchall has started to appear in the first-team picture with the Cherries.

The young winger became the club’s third-youngest ever player in December. He came on off the bench as a late substitute in AFC Bournemouth’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

Burchall was also involved in their 0-0 draw with Luton Town in December, remaining an unused substitute in an uneventful tie.

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Now, reports have emerged claiming Burchall is attracting interest from elsewhere.

According to The Sun, the Cherries starlet has turned down a scholarship deal with the Championship club. Bournemouth could now look to offload Burchall this summer, with Premier League clubs considering a swoop.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are rumoured to be showing an interest in the young winger. ‘Several’ top-flight club are said to be eyeing a potential deal, but it is the Gunners who ‘lead the chase’.

It will be interesting to see how Burchall’s situation pans out in the run-up to the summer transfer window. Given that he is in and around the senior picture, it seems he is highly-rated by those at Bournemouth. It awaits to be seen if they make another offer to the youngster or allow him to seal a move away.

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The Cherries will have one eye on transfers heading into the summer. However, their main priorities will be naming a new manager and continuing their efforts to return to the Premier League.

As it stands, Bournemouth sit in 6th place with Jonathan Woodgate still in charge on a caretaker basis following the sacking of Jason Tindall earlier this month.

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