Charlton Athletic’s young midfielder Joe Aribo is attracting interest from both Manchester City and Arsenal according to the Daily Mail.
The twenty-two-year-old has had an outstanding season for the Addicks, scoring ten goals and contributing five assists in his thirty-seven appearances and playing an important role in Lee Bowyer’s side’s League One promotion challenge.
Aribo is out of contract in the summer and has so far resisted attempts to persuade him to commit his future to the club with Arsenal thought to be leading the way in the race to capture his signature.
However, the Mail is now reporting that the recently crowned Premier League Champions Manchester City are also in the hunt for the youngster and have made the first move by asking the Addicks about the possibility of signing Aribo in a deal that would still benefit the Addicks through compensation, even though he will be a free agent.
If the talented Aribo does end up in the Premier League, it will be a meteoric rise, with the midfielder turning out for non-league Staines Town as recently as 2015.
Aribo has undoubted talent, and Charlton fans will be sorry to see him go.
They will be hoping they get promoted and can lure Aribo to stay with the promise of Championship football next season.
Even if they do go up, the lure of potential Premier League stardom might be too much for the player to resist, even though he probably realises he will get loaned out next season, probably to a Championship club or abroad.
For Arsenal and Man City, they know they will be buying potential with minimum financial risk, something the player might want to bear in mind. He will become a small fish in a huge and talented pool.
A move could stall his development, and he might be better placed reviewing his options after another season under his belt under Bowyer at the Valley.
That would appear sensible, but when the Premier League comes knocking and with Charlton off-field position unclear, it looks like Aribo may well be on his way.