Manchester United and Manchester City are among seven Premier League clubs who have chosen not to send scouts ​to the European Under-21 Championship this summer in Poland.

Other clubs who have rejected the competition include newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion, Liverpool, Burnley, West Ham United and Swansea who have all opted to send their scouts on different missions. 

The​ Daily Mail report that United are focusing their scouting efforts around first team players this summer, rather than investing for the future. 

However, German side Borussia Dortmund have earmarked Euro 2017 as a useful opportunity to spot any up and coming talent and have sent seven scouts to the competition.

Everton scouts Carlo Jacomuzzi and Martyn Glover have been tasked with running the rule over some of the brightest players over the next month, while Arsenal and Chelsea are both taking the competition seriously with four and three scouts respectively.

Arsenal are the most represented side in Poland in terms of scouts, alongside Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Watford - all choosing to take four each.

Surprisingly, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona have not sent a single scout to the competition either but but Atletico Madrid have sent Maria Lozano to keep tabs on any promising youngsters.

The Football Association have taken four scouts themselves, while there is also a Nike Football scout heading to the competition - with the aim of spotting the next skilful young prospect to form part of their marketing campaign.

England take on Sweden in their opening group match of the tournament on Friday night.