Arsenal make approach for teenage goalkeeper - reports

Udinese

Arsene Wenger’s attention has reportedly been captured by Udinese starlet Simone Scuffet.

Wojciech Szczesny has firmly made the No. 1 shirt at the Emirates his after previously facing questions over his long-term viability, signing a new long-term deal earlier this term.

The situation behind the Pole remains in a less solid state, however, with Lukasz Fabianski out of a contract in June and struggling Emiliano Viviano essentially certain to depart when his loan deal expires.

Arsenal will thus require new cover for the Poland international once the summer hits, and if the latest reports are to be believed, Wenger has identified his man.

According to the Metro, the Frenchman has cast his eye towards Italy in search of his next signing in goal, with scouts returning positive reports on the 17-year-old Scuffet.

The teenager burst onto the scene in Serie A just weeks ago as first-choice shot stopper Zeljko Brkic went down with an injury - recording three clean sheets in his first five starts between league and cup commitments.

Scuffet has won plaudits for his displays from pundits in his homeland - a popular figure with the Zebrette faithful as a Udine native who spent his childhood as a ball boy at the Stadio Friuli.

The report claims that the Gunners have already enquired after the youngster’s availability with his current employers - even though Udinese are widely known for holding on to players for as long as possible to nurture their development, before selling them off at substantial prices.

Any possible deal would come ahead of next season as the north London outfit will be in need, though it remains unclear if Giampaolo Pozzo’s club would be willing to play ball given that Scuffet has only just emerged and looks to have a promising future.

If Wenger is able to get his hands on the promising custodian it would be the second time in the past decade he’s sprung for a teenage Italian goalkeeper, having brought in Vito Mannone as a 17-year-old in the summer of 2005.

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