Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are the leading clubs in the race to snap up talented AFC Wimbledon defender Ryan Sweeney according to The Daily Star. Although he recently signed a long-term contract with the club, the League Two may struggle to keep hold of him if big clubs chase him.
In addition to the two North London clubs, it is believed that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, West Ham United and recently-promoted Burnley are also monitoring the progress of the commanding centre back.
The youngster, who has caps with the Republic of Ireland Under-19 side, has started nine times for Neal Ardley’s men this season, who will participate in the end of season lottery of the play-offs.
Sweeney has enjoyed a run in Ardley’s starting line-up ever since lining up against Bristol Rovers in March and has started every league game ever since. Whilst he’ll be keen on playing a big role in the play-offs, he may also be aware of scouts watching on from the crowd and could be eager to show off his talents to the wider world. Plus with the play-offs being televised, some fine performances could further enhance his already high reputation.
The Dons have kept clean sheets in four of their last five matches, with the impact of Sweeney playing a major part in that. His exploits haven’t gone unnoticed elsewhere, with three of the current top six in the Premier League, a Europa League semi-finalist and the first team promoted out of the Championship are vying for his signature.
It would appear that Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino are not only fighting it out for second place behind champions Leicester City, but potentially over the signing of Sweeney as well.