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Charlton Arsenal boss Karl Robinson claims Arsenal are one of the clubs chasing teenage defender Ezri Konza.
The League One side manager says Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton have contacted his club over the availability of the talented defender.
“We’re getting phone calls about Ez from Premier League clubs,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Cannon.
“They’ve been asking for a price tag. We’ve got a high one. The boy won’t go until they meet our criteria.
“It’s the same with Ademola Lookman. My argument is if we sell players, there has to be money put back into the team to go forward, otherwise you’re devaluing your own team.
“The Ademola money went for more infrastructural reasons. Did I like that as a manager? No. But we have to have a base at this academy that makes great players for the next 10, 15, 20 years. I want to make sure it’s not about a selfish immediate gain.
“But I think if Ezri Konsa goes, people have to be aware we’ve done it before with Ademola.
“[But] we have to have an injection to make this team better again.
There’s a difference now where we’re starting to build ourselves.”
Ademola Lookman was the last Charlton player that Arsenal were linked with but he ended up joining the Toffess. If Wenger is actually serious about signing Konsa, he will be hoping he is successful this time around.
Arsenal’s scouting network was recently extended into the lower leagues and the club has begun to snap up talented players from those leagues. Rob Holding and Cohen Bramall are prime examples of players who joined us from the lower leagues in the past few seasons.