Arsenal are one of several clubs following Millwall forward Abdul Abdulmalik, who is yet to sign a professional contract with his current side.

Abdul Abdulmalik with Millwall (Photo via MillwallFC.co.uk)
Abdul Abdulmalik with Millwall (Photo via MillwallFC.co.uk)

Football.London report that Arsenal have joined Rangers and Swansea City in the race to sign up Millwall 18-year-old forward Abdul Abdulmalik this summer.

Joining Millwall in 2018, Abdulmalik helped their u18s to win the Professional Development League title in 2019/20, and he’s been playing and scoring on a number of occasions for their u23s this season.

Having turned 18 in April, Abdulmalik’s current club offered him a professional contract, but he’s yet to sign it. According to Football.London, he’s keen to explore his options elsewhere, and those options include Arsenal.

The Gunners have reportedly watched the striker throughout the current season. Swansea are ahead right now though, having submitted an offer for the teenager, which Millwall rejected.

If Abdulmalik signs for a new club with Millwall agreeing a deal first, they’ll be due a potentially sizeable training compensation fee.

The striker has also made his debut for the England u17s, featuring in a few matches in February 2020. He provided one assist in his 98 minutes on the pitch.

Obviously, you would assume Abdulmalik would be joining to play for the Arsenal u23s at first. Even that would be a step up, considering Millwall play in a lower tier of academy football.

It makes sense from an Arsenal point of view, with the likes of Luke Plange leaving, Folarin Balogun potentially stepping up to senior football, and Nikolaj Moller reportedly listed for a loan move.

Amani Richards and Khayon Edwards look like good options up front, but they’re both still young enough for u18 football next season. Abdulmalik could therefore fill the u23 spot in the coming campaign.

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