Arsenal are interested in Schalke defender Malick Thiaw but face competition for his signature from Premier League rivals Liverpool, according to a report on the Daily Mail.
The centre-back has put in some impressive displays so far this season, finding the back of the net eight times in the Under-18 Bundesliga West (Transfermarkt).
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As reported in the Daily Mail, Thiaw has a £7m release clause in his contract and we feel the defender could solve Arsenal’s defensive problems in the long-term.
The Gunners have been very leaky in the top-flight, letting in 36 goals in 28 matches, 15 more than league-leaders Liverpool.
Therefore, the 6ft 3in defender could add some much needed physical presence at the back for Mikel Arteta’s side.
However, Liverpool’s interest could be a big problem.
The Reds may seem like a more attractive destination to the teenager because of their incredible league form this season.
Their track record of providing teenagers with a first-team chance may also appeal to the 18-year-old, with players like Trent-Alexander Arnold and Joe Gomez now cementing themselves as regular starters under Jurgen Klopp.