Ghana’s Eric Ayiah and seven other footballers who will represent their countries at the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India are linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world.
The Ghanaian forward, on fire at the African Youth Championship where he was the leading goalscorer, will captain Ghana at the Under-17 World Cup and will be looking to attract potential ‘suitors’.
His agent, Kwame Minimsaah, has revealed that Ayiah has not signed a pre-contract with FC Porto amidst reports of the 17-year-old signing for the Portuguese giants. Minimsaah has confirmed that along with Porto, clubs like Manchester City and PSG are also interested in Ayiah but the player will decide his future only after the World Cup.
The other seven players are as follows:
Jann-Fiete Arp (Chelsea) – The 17-year-old Hamburg striker is Germany’s captain at the World Cup and is seen as a “super talent” in his homeland. He was the top scorer for his youth side and scored seven goals in Under-17 Euros, also scoring the fastest ever hat-trick in the tournament.
Jadon Sancho (Arsenal) – The 17-year-old won the “Golden Player” award at the Under-17 Euros earlier this year. Considered as one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League, Sancho is reportedly thinking of leaving his current club, Manchester City. Pep Guardiola is said to be a huge fan of the striker but the player feels that progressing at City might not be an easy task at the moment.
Lincoln (Manchester United) – The Gremio midfielder has been a long-term target for the Red Devils and according to various tabloids, the Premier League giants might finally make a move for Lincoln after the World Cup. The combative midfielder made his senior debut for Gremio two years ago and is seen as a dependable player in the squad.
Alan Souza (Real Madrid) – The Brazilian wonder-kid has attracted attention from one of the biggest clubs in the world. His agent has met with club president Florentino Perez and CEO Jose Angel Sanchez for a deal next summer.
The Palmeiras starlet has a release clause of 50 million Euros which is a testament to his sensational talents at such a young age. Real Madrid have almost signed the deal for the left footed midfielder who will join the Castilla next summer.
Abel Ruiz (Premier League clubs) – The 17-year-old is seen as one of the brightest talents in La Masia at the moment and displayed just that at the Under-17 Euros. He was Spain’s star attraction in the tournament where they were beaten in the final by Portugal.
Takefusa Kubo (Real Madrid) – The teenage sensation is hailed as being the Japanese Messi with many comparing his playing style to the best player in the world. He left FC Barcelona in 2015 after FIFA charged the Spanish club with violating youth player policy. He joined FC Tokyo with the FIFA rule stating that the Catalans cannot sign him till he turns 18.
Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – The 17-year-old has already signed for Los Blancos in a record 39.6 million-pound deal which made him the second highest signing from the Brazilian league after Neymar Jr.
In today’s age, 17 is a time where talented prospects are already linked and complete big-money moves to top European clubs which increases the pressure on them to perform well at the World Cup.