Arsenal reportedly interested in highly-rated Cork City prospect 8 years ago

Arsenal reportedly interested in highly-rated Cork City prospect

20-year old Brian Lenihan has been making waves with his performances for Cork City of late and Arsenal are reported to be one a number of clubs taking an interest.

According to the Evening Echo, Arsene Wenger’s chief scout Steve Rowley was at Turner’s Cross on Friday night to catch Lenihan in action in the 3-0 win over Limerick on Friday night and the club could make an offer for the full-back in the coming weeks.

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Bournemouth are also said to be interested in snapping up Lenihan and recently announced Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane has watched him this season, but the presence of Rowley on Arsenal’s behalf is pretty significant as he was largely responsible for bringing the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Gael Clichy to the club in the past.

Lenihan recently made his debut for the Ireland under-21s in a 1-1 draw with Qatar in Germany in May and should he end up making a move across the water, his former club College Corinthians would stand to benefit financially from any deal that would take place.

Lenihan would obviously be a huge loss to Cork City, but the interest from Arsenal and elsewhere is an illustration of the talent he clearly possesses and whatever happens, it looks like his name is going to pop up on a regular basis in years to come.