Arsenal and Chelsea suffer transfer blow as teenage hotshot Calum Kavanagh signs three-year contract at Middlesbrough

ARSENAL and Chelsea have suffered a transfer blow after Middlesbrough tied-down hotshot Calum Kavanagh to a long-term deal.

The 17-year-old Irish youth forward caught the eye of a host of clubs with his goalscoring exploits for Boro’s Under-18s.

Sun Sport exclusively revealed that had led both the Gunners and Blues to begin planning a move.

And Scottish giants Celtic were also circling for the striker.

However Boro have convinced the in-demand starlet that his future lies with Neil Warnock’s side.

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Kavanagh, the son of former Premier League midfielder and Republic of Ireland midfielder Graham, has penned a three-year professional contract at the Riverside. 

Boro’s academy manager Craig Liddle said: “We’re delighted Calum has signed a professional contract.

“He’s shown great application and has a real good work ethic.

“He has a long way to go and a lot to learn, but this is another step on the ladder for him and his continued development.”

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Dad Graham, who made 46 appearances for Boro in the 90s, previously said: “For the age he is at and what he is doing, he is certainly a better prospect than I was at that age.

“He’s got a great mindset, is very professional, very driven and tough, mentally strong. He’s definitely got a chance.”

Kavanagh kicked off this season with a brace for Boro U18s in a 3-0 win over Leeds.


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