first_imgFT | 🇮🇪#IRLU17 6-0 🇦🇩A stunning display from Ireland sees them start qualification in the perfect way 👏Goals from Conor Conroy and Calum Kavanagh added to 4⃣ first-half goals at Turner’s Cross#COYBIG— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 12, 2019 Advertisement Calum Kavanagh has impressed at youth level for Middlesbrough and Ireland (Picture: Getty Images)Chelsea are leading the race for Middlesbrough’s teenage prospect Calum Kavanagh, although Arsenal maintain an interest in the young striker.The 16-year-old has caught the eye in the youth set-up at the Riverside Stadium and has appeared for Republic of Ireland at under-15 and under-17 level.The prospect scored in a heavy 6-0 win for Ireland under-17s against Andorra in November last year and captained the under-15 side.While he has not yet made a first team appearance for Middlesbrough, he is seen as the stand out performer in their academy system and has done enough to attract the interest of Premier League giants.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Sun report that Boro are keen to tie the youngster down to a long contract, but he is not ready to commit to a lengthy future at the club as he knows his career could take him to bigger and better places.While he is in no rush to leave Middlesbrough, he is aware of the interest from the London clubs, with Chelsea believed to be in pole position to sign him in the summer. Boro are struggling in the Championship this season, sitting 19th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.The prospect of leaving for the likes of Chelsea or Arsenal would probably be too good to turn down for the teenager.Kavanagh’s father, Graham, also played for Middlesbrough, as well as turning out for the likes of Stoke, Cardiff, Wigan, Sunderland and Republic of Ireland over a long career.MORE: Manchester United to offer Dean Henderson huge new contract amid Chelsea interestMORE: Frank Lampard sanctions £85m Chelsea transfer bid for Liverpool and Man Utd target Leon BaileyFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Chelsea edging out Arsenal in battle for Middlesbrough teenager Calum Kavanaghcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Mar 2020 10:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link697Shares Advertisementlast_img

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