PREMIER LEAGUE big-hitters Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have joined Leicester in the fight for teenage sensation Charlie Coppola.
Dubbed the “new Jamie Vardy”, the 16-year-old currently plays as a striker for non-league Lewes
Coppola, who can also play as a wide man, went on trial with league leading Leicester earlier this month with the Foxes keen to agree terms.
However, the big guns have been alerted and are now watching the schoolboy who made seven appearances in the Ryman Premier League this season, scoring once despite mainly playing on the wing due to his age.
caughtoffside reports: “Like Vardy, the youngster can thrive not just as a centre-forward, but also as a wideman, where he has impressed with his speed, movement and direct running.
“Similarly, like Vardy – who represented Stocksbridge Park Steels until as late as 2010 – Coppola has emerged to prominence in non-league football, an oft-overlooked breeding ground for the talent of tomorrow.”
Vardy, now 29, has enjoyed an astronomic rise, going from non-league Fleetwood to looking a certain inclusion in England’s squad for Euro 2016 in the space of four years.
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