Arsenal set to battle Chelsea and Crystal Palace for Tyrone Mings
Ipswich town is about to be invaded by two of London’s heavyweights as the battle to sign highly-rated full back, Tyrone Mings, is set to intensify.
The Tractor Boys held off persistent interest from a host of Premier League teams towards the end of last season, most notably Crystal Palace, as they were reportedly put off by the £2.5million price tag slapped on Mings. They subsequently have him sign a new deal to keep him at Portman Road till 2017, which will now very likely see that price appreciate significantly.
The 21 year old defender has been widely tipped as one of the best emerging left backs in England, with recent displays, especially in the league games against Milwall and Brighton, showing promising signs of what the future holds for the talented whiz kid. In the latter game, Mings’ rampaging bursts up and down the left flank enabled him create two chances from which the Mick McCarthy coached side grabbed two late goals and three points. McCarthy strongly believes the lad is “not for sale”, regardless of the amount of “shekells, dollars, Euros or pounds” to be offered.
Having picked him up for just about £10,000 in December of 2012, it is thought that bargains for the Englishman’s services will begin at £3million, and with the Premier League sides on a relatively lower budgets likely to find it reluctant to shell out that much for a relatively unproven youngstar, clubs of our financial stature shouldn’t struggle to take the gamble.
Mings’ is a product of the famous Southampton academy, learning his trade from 2001 – 2009 where he was a team mate of both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers. With Theo Walcott, and the two other Saints Old Boys all justifying the prices we paid to get them into our system, Arsenal could get him to not only be a useful home-grown understudy to Kieran Gibbs, but also be part of the much-loved English Core. Like Gibbs, this season saw his squad number reviewed from double-digits to ‘3’ as reward for the progress he has made at the club, and though a move for him will see another review of that Jersey number, he will be in an environment where he can learn from the best, while getting the occasional opportunities to test himself at the highest level – not necessarily as Hector Bellerin’s.
In the age where mammoth fees are easily paid for teenagers who do not even know their elders, Tyrone Mings is a package who comes with very great promise at no exorbitant cost. He is a nice lad, evidenced by his decision to send out new jerseys to fans who had previously purchased ‘Mings 15’ (awww…). And with the level head and energy to match, we could get one of the most underrated defenders in the country, who may go on to make giant strides for both club and country.
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