Arsenal interested in re-signing former academy star who Gareth Southgate is a fan of

Arsenal are reportedly interested in their former academy star Yunus Musah. USA international Musah spent seven years in the Arsenal academy between 2012 and 2019 before leaving for Spanish side Valencia. England boss Gareth Southgate has recently spoken about how he would like the teenager to play for the Three Lions in the future.

Musah, 17, has already made nine La Liga appearances for Valencia, eight of which came as a starter.

The right winger, who turns 18 on Sunday, became the youngest goalscorer in Valencia’s history earlier this season.

Musah was just 17 years and 338 days old when he scored in the 2-2 draw with Getafe in November.

And his performances are attracting the attention of several clubs in England.

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Arsenal, according to 90min, are one of four Premier League sides intrigued by Musah.

Everton, Leeds United and Wolves are all named as clubs tracking Musah’s progress.

The report says Musah is happy in Spain and is in no rush to return to England.

Valencia are looking to extend the winger’s contract to increase his value.

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However, the Spanish side’s financial situation means they may be prepared to sell the teenager for the right price.

Musah won his first caps for USA earlier this month, playing 79 minutes of the 0-0 draw against Wales and 76 minutes of the 6-2 win over Panama.

However, both matches were friendlies and 90min say he is eligible to play for England, Italy and Ghana.

Musah played for the England youth setup from under-15 to under-18 level.

England, Italy and Ghana have all spoken to Musah but he is yet to make his decision on the country he wants to represent.

England boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed contact has been made with the youngster.

“With Yunus, we were in contact with his family,” Southgate said this month.

“(Head of development) John McDermott has been looking after that in the short-term but I know all of our coaches in the junior teams have been very pleased with him.

“It is obviously not ideal that he’s had this period with the United States but he can still transfer across because they were friendlies.

“There is a carrot where a team comes in and offers you a senior cap, we understand that is attractive but we are not willing to fast track somebody just to secure them.

“We are showing all the time there is a pathway there for young players and opportunities for young players with us, we’d like Yunus to be one of those, we recognise his ability, so we’re hopeful to keep talking and hopefully he’s back in an England shirt.”

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