Arsenal youngster Sam Greenwood is a surprise target for Italian duo Juventus and AC Milan despite only signing from Sunderland last summer.
According to The Sun, scouts from the Serie A giants were sent to watch the highly-rated 17-year-old at the Under-17 European Championships; with Greenwood netting three goals in as many games for England’s youngsters.
The ex-Black Cats performer operates anywhere across a front three, although last season he was utilised mainly as a winger in the Arsenal under-18 team.
He enjoyed a good first season with the Gunners academy, bagging 10 goals and claiming five assists to help the team.
Juventus signed Stephy Mavididi in 2018 and he now has a Serie A appearance to his name.
The Old Lady clearly see some potential in the youngster and is now set to join Dijon on loan to further enhance his development (The Sun).
Arsenal won’t want to make the same mistake with Greenwood though given his massive potential.
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First-team boss Unai Emery recruited well in the summer and there is optimism that the club is on its way back towards the country’s elite.
Mavididi might well prove unworthy as far as making the grade at Juventus goes but at the same time, he may well earn a chance at the club.
Greenwood is a talented English performer who could become a real star of the future and Arsenal must do all they can to entice him into staying with the Gunners.
The lure of playing for one of the Italian giants might prove too much but Arsenal should be extremely wary of allowing a top club to poach another of their sparkling young talents.