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Chelsea and Arsenal set to battle it out for PSG bright spark

| 05.06.2014

Arsenal and Chelsea have been alerted to the availability of Paris Saint-Germain youngster Kingsley Coman after the 17-year-old opted against signing a new contract with the French giants.

The central midfielder made headlines back in February 2013 after becoming the youngest ever player to feature for PSG, coming on for Marco Verratti in the 87th minute of their Ligue 1 encounter with Sochaux at the age of just 16 years, eight months and four days.

Great things have been predicted for Coman, though it would appear that the Paris-born star has grown frustrated at a lack of first-team action under Laurent Blanc this term, having seen just 35 minutes of play in a season spent mostly in the reserves.

And that could be enough to convince the France under-21 international to head to the Premier League with Arsenal and Chelsea both eager to recruit the player.

Coman could face a tough choice between the two, however, with a move to Arsenal offering the opportunity to work under Arsene Wenger while Chelsea are likely to offer an enticing remuneration package to the player.

A Stamford Bridge switch would also offer the 17-year-old the chance to work with Jose Mourinho – the manager who gave Raphael Varane his big break in the Real Madrid first team back in 2011.

However, having seen the progress made by Yaya Sanogo at Arsenal, with the young striker enjoying a decent amount of game time at the Emirates, Coman could opt for a move to the Emirates and the chance to link-up with compatriots like Laurent Kocielny and Olivier Giroud.

The only potential stumbling block to an Arsenal move could be his contract demands though, with Arsene Wenger likely to baulk at any significant wage requests.

But with the Gunners desperate to kick-on next season having ended their nine-year trophy drought with victory in the FA Cup, spending big on the likes Coman could be the first of many changes in north London next season.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.