Arsenal started negotiations with 17-year-old USA international

Valencia are preparing to offer Yunus Musah a five-year deal as they look to ensure the reported London club, Leeds United and Everton target remains in La Liga.

USA international may have been compared to Paul Pogba by his former England U17 manager Steve Cooper but La Liga’s latest breakthrough player is quickly making a name for himself in his own right at the Mestalla.

The departure of experienced duo Dani Parejo and Francois Coquelin have opened the door for Yunus to establish himself in Javi Gracia’s first-team plans and establish himself he most certainly has.

Only three footballers have started more than his eight La Liga games for the La Liga giants in 2020/21, with Musah also becoming the youngest Englishman to score in Spain’s top-flight, against Getafe recently. His all-action displays have caught the attention of Leeds United, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Gunners, hoping to avoid another Serge Gnabry situation, are also plotting to bring the 17-year-old winger back to the London club, a year after the ex-England youth captain walked away to join the 2001 UCL finalists.

Cash-strapped Valencia may have flogged Parejo, Coquelin, Ferran Torres, Rodrigo Moreno and Geoffrey Kondogbia during a fire sale like no other during the summer. The American winger was only 17 years and 338 days old when he scored in the 2-2 draw with Getafe in November.

But the sleeping giant of Spanish football has no intention of letting Yunus follow them out the door. When he turns 18 on Saturday, the Spanish club will immediately set about trying to tie him down to a five-year contract. The right-winger, who turns 18 on Sunday, became the youngest goalscorer in Valencia’s history earlier this campaign.