English giants Manchester United have joined Italian powerhouse Juventus to jostle over the signature of British-born Ghanaian who has changed his identity and is playing at Arsenal.
Marcus McGuane, 18, has just a year left under his contract with the Emirates club and became the latest academy product at Arsenal to make his first team debut for the club as he climbed off the bench to play play against BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday.
McGuane was previously called Marcus Agyei-Tabi but changed his name two years ago and is now playing under the name Marcus McGuane.
He skippered Arsenal’s Under-18s side and has now gone on to make his mark with the Under-23s and scored his first goals at that level on Monday night – netting twice in a 4-2 defeat by Everton.
McGuane can play out wide, or even in defence, but his favoured role is in the heart of midfield.
Strong, powerful and athletic, he protects the back four but can go from box to box and has started to add goals to his game, as he showed for the U23s against Everton.
McGuane has previously represented Republic of Ireland at under-17 level but has since gone on to play for England’s under-18 team. And, is still eligible for Ghana.
He is into the final year of his contract with the London giants and is yet to commit his future to the Gunners. Ghana Sports Online understands Manchester United and Juventus are hanging around to pounce on the versatile youngster if he decides against signing a new deal at Arsenal.
United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly watched McGuane once and is convinced about his talent and ability.
While United are keen to bring McGuane to the Old Trafford, Juventus are also determined to land the youngster and they plan to build a new project at the club with youngsters.
This means McGuane is currently the third Ghanaian player plying his trade with the Gunners. He is at the club along with Osei-Tutu Jordi who plays as a full-back and massively talented striker Edward Nketiah.