Premier League giants Arsenal have been extensively scouting 15-year-old Rangers talent Jack Wylie in a potential move reminiscent of the Billy Gilmour switch to Chelsea.
The Gers were helpless as the megabucks west Londoners came along and poached the now Scotland international, who banked them a healthy £10m by moving to Brighton this summer.
According to the Daily Record, Arsenal have watched Rangers talent Jack Wylie several times already this season and are considering a move for the player.
This includes when Wylie played for the Scotland U16s last month with fears now surrounding the young full-back’s future ahead of 16th birthday in January.
Young players can sign their first professional contracts at 16-years-old in Scotland with footballers needing to be 17 south of the border.
But there’s generally an agreement in place prior to that birthday happening with Rangers also losing the likes of Rory Wilson to Aston Villa this summer.
Rangers kid Jack Wylie attracts Premier League interest
It’s just the way of the world and where Rangers are in the footballing food chain at present as young players are attracted to the money and prestige attached to the Premier League.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta – a former Rangers star himself – isn’t the only Premier League manager reportedly with an eye on Jack Wylie either.
According to Football Insider, Leeds United are another side who continue to monitor the situation with the Rangers talent.
In fact that report claims that the Elland Road side have already made a move to sign the player as the race for Wylie’s signature heats up.
Rangers would of course prefer to hold on to their top talents and the club can offer plenty themselves – such as an easier pathway to the first team and early exposure to European football – but as per Billy Gilmour if Jack Wylie is good enough this shouldn’t matter.
Meanwhile, Rangers have moved to sign up one Academy graduate for whom there are majorly high hopes at Ibrox.