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Arsenal are "very interested" in Divock Origi

Rumours in the Italian press are linking Arsenal with a move for young Lille striker Divock Origi.

Italian website Tutto Mercato Web have today reported that Arsenal are very interested in Lille OSC’s 18-year-old striker, Divock Origi.

The Belgian’s current contract with the French club runs until 2016 but it would take a huge offer to prize the young talent away from the 2011 French champions.

Here are five facts about the Arsenal target:

1. Origi broke into the Lille first-team last season, he made his debut against Troyes at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. With 20 minutes to go Rudi Garcia brought on the then 17-year-old with Lille trailing 1-0. It took Origi just six minutes to make his mark, popping up at the back post to score the equaliser.

2. Divock’s father, Mike, was a Kenyan international striker and played most of his club career in Belgium. He played for seven different teams and was still lacing up his boots when he was 38 years old. Between 1992 and 2007 he scored just over 100 goals in Belgian football.

3. The goal against Troyes was scored when Origi was 17 years and nine months old. The goal makes him the second youngest scorer in Ligue 1 history. The record currently held by 16-year-old Nice striker, Neal Maupay.

4. This season, Origi has made the step up the Belgian Under-21 side, making one appearance. He broke through as a star of the Under-19 side at the 2013 European Championship, scoring 10 goals in 19 games for the youth side.

5. In the opening game of the current season, Origi scored the opening goal of Lille’s season in a 1-0 win over FC Lorient. He has gone on to score four goals this season, including the equaliser in the 1-1 draw away at Monaco.

It would be a huge surprise if Lille were to even consider selling Divock Origi at the end of the season. He is only of their best young prospects and whatever Arsenal would be willing to pay now, in a few years he would be worth so much more.

It would also be a surprise to see Arsenal spend a huge amount of money on a 18-year-old striker. They already have Frenchman Yaya Sanogo as a young prospect, to spend more than £10 million on another teenager would be very surprising move.

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