Paper round-up: Arsenal linked with Barkley and Leicester youngster

Arsenal are trying sign Leicester City teenager Terell Pennant along with Manchester United, the Sunday Mirror say.

Gunners scouts are said to have watched the highly-rated 14-year-old score twice in an Under-16 match against Southampton on Saturday.

Pennant, who can play through the middle or on either wing, has yet to sign a contract and his current deal expires at the end of the seasonl, prompting speculation about his long-term future.

Pennant’s younger brother Kian is also on Leicester’s books and the Sunday Mirror suggest the pair could end up moving as a package.

The same newspaper also claims Arsenal have entered a race to sign Everton’s Ross Barkley and will compete for his signature with Chelsea and Tottenham, who continue to be linked with him.

Arsenal scouted Monaco’s 22-year-old defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko against Manchester City in the Champions League this week, the Sun on Sunday say.

And there is inevitably more speculation over the future of under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger following his team’s defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Sunday Express reckon Wenger, who faces opposition from many disgruntled fans, will sign a one-year deal to stay with the Gunners rather than the two-year contract he was offered earlier in the season.

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