Arsenal, Chelsea to lock horn for 17-year-old new ‘Dele Alli’

Arsenal, Chelsea lock horn for 17-year-old new ‘Dele Alli’

Peterborough midfielder Leonardo da Silva Lopes has caught the eye of Premier League big boys.

The 17-year-old has made just 10 appearances for Posh, but he has already attracted a lot of admirers.

He was first spotted by Peterborough when playing Powerleague football aged 13.

Director of Football Barry Fry has said that Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham are all keen on the midfielder.

He told the Peterborough Telegraph: “The word is out that Leo is a very talented 17-year-old and clubs have been flocking to watch him.

“We have had no enquiries, never mind bids, but there have been an awful lot of scouts coming to our games just to watch him.

“Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs are among those to have sent scouts to watch him.”

Peterborough manager Grant McCann is not surprised by the interest in da Silva Lopes, but wants him to stay.

“Leo is a very good player and he’s been in very good form this summer so I hope I don’t lose him,” he said.

“There have been many clubs watching him and I’m not surprised. He’s strong, he’s athletic and he carries the ball very well.”

The 17-year-old caused a stir when he burst onto the scene for the Posh towards the back end of last season, making eight appearances in League One as the ABAX Stadium outfit ended the campaign with a midtable finish.

Given that the Portuguese youngster operates in midfield, natural comparisons have been made with Dele Alli, with the now Spurs man having played well in the third tier in his teenage years before stepping up to the Premier League and earning a spot in England’s EURO 2016 squad.

Further to this, Da Silva Lopes has been the standout performer for Grant McCann’s side in pre-season.                     

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