Arsenal are among the clubs eyeing a move for Fulham’s youth prodigy Ibane Bowat, who is also courted by Everton and West Ham.
According to an exclusive report from TeamTalk, Ibane Bowat has become a hot prospect in the market, with Arsenal now emerging as one of the potential destinations. The young defender currently plies his trade with the Fulham youth academy and is regarded as one of the most talented players to come out of the academy in recent years.
Although Bowat is currently a member of the Fulham youth side and not the senior one, the Cotaggers are intent on retaining his services for the long term. The player’s current deal, though, expires at the end of the season, putting clubs like Arsenal, Everton, West Ham and even 1.FC Koln on red alert.
Although it appears a move to Bundesliga is off the table, Emirates could emerge as an ideal destination for the young defender, who will be aiming to make his breakthrough in a Premier League side next season.
A centre-back by trade, Bowat has primarily played in the U18 Premier League, during his time at Fulham so far – making quite an impression with his composure and height that makes him an intimidating presence at the heart of the backline. As a result, the 18-year-old Scot has been dominating the youth competitions.
However, it is about time Bowat makes a step forward in his career, and a move to Arsenal, in that regard, should be an interesting option. The Gunners have produced and nurtured a lot of young talents over the years, including stars such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.
In Bowat, Arsenal would find themselves a promising defender, who is more than capable of making a mark not only in the Elite Development Squad but also in the first-team. Mikel Arteta, for one, is already looking to usher in a new era at Emirates, especially following the departures of Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis.
As such, the 18-year-old could indeed become a useful option for the Spaniard next season, along with another promising centre-back in William Saliba. It is, however, fair to point out that Bowat’s future could largely depend on Fulham’s fate in the ongoing campaign.
The Cotaggers are still pretty much in the race for survival, especially following their recent win over Liverpool. And the player himself will be aware of the fact that he could potentially earn a promotion to the senior side, should he remain at Craven Cottage and sign a deal – opening up an ideal opportunity for him to make his breakthrough in the top flight next season.