By Jack Malone

Arsenal are said to be closely watching Middlesbrough teenager Harry Chapman as they look to strengthen their development squad, according to a report in The Mirror.

The 18-year-old is currently on loan at Sheffield United in League One but has caught the eye of the North London club, who scouted him recently whilst he was on duty for the England under-20 side.

Chapman has yet to start a league game for the Blades but has been frequently used as a substitute and scored the winner in a 1-0 home win over Bristol Rovers in September.

While primarily a right-winger, the teenager is also adept on the opposite flank or in behind a central striker.

Following a string of impressive performances for Boro’s youth sides throughout the early part of the last campaign, the skillful youngster spent most of the second half of the season on loan at League One outfit Barnsley, scoring once in 14 appearances.

The Englishman lifted the first silverware of his young career with the Tykes, as they won the Football League Trophy (now the EFL Trophy) at Wembley with a 3-2 win over Oxford United, with Chapman coming on as a late substitute in the final.

Middlesbrough will be hoping that their promising starlet stays on Teesside for the foreseeable future, but it remains to be seen whether the lure of the Gunners proves too strong.


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