Arsenal have joined a host of top European clubs in the race to sign Sunderland and Sweden striker Joel Asoro.
The forward, 17, joined the Black Cats from IF Bromma in 2015, but his impressive performances outside the first-team has attracted the attention of Inter and AC Milan, as well as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, PSG, Lyon, Valencia and Villarreal according to the Chronicle.
Now, say the Sunderland Echo, Arsenal have joined the list of European heavyweights to contend for the signature of Asoro, sending a scout to watch the precocious talent play for Sweden U21’s against Spain on Monday night.
Asoro can also operate as a midfielder – we know Wenger likes his versatile players – and made his debut for Sunderland against Middlesbrough in the Premier League last month.
He also completed ninety minutes against Sunderland in the EFL Cup, so the Swede is steadily developing his game at a higher level.
The youngest player to hail from his country to play in the top flight, Asoro’s feet are firmly planted on the ground.
Interviewers were keen to get the reaction of the young star to the incredible number of scouts at the game to watch him, but he shrugged off the media attention upon him.
He told Swedish TV Station, TV 12: “I’m not surprised by the fact that many scouts were there to see such a beautiful match.
“I do my job, we’ll see about the rest later on.”
Sunderland are unlikely to part with their prodigy anytime soon, however.
David Moyes’s sole recruitment in the forward department at Sunderland came in the form of Victor Anichebe, with Jermain Defoe the main man up front.
As such, Asoro is the third choice, and with Sunderland set to be in a relegation battle this season, it would take a significant sum for club to part with him.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.
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