Arsenal chasing Portuguese wonderkid, face competition from Bayern - report

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in a deal to sign Benfica forward Goncalo Guedes.

Arsenal responded to criticism for their 2-2 draw with Hull City by beating Anderlecht in the Champions League, and then easing past Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez handed the Gunners all three points at the Stadium of Light, with the Chilean once again demonstrating his importance to Arsene Wenger's side.

The £32m capture from Barcelona has been the pick of Wenger's summer signings so far, but with the January transfer window closing in, rumours are linking the Frenchman with more moves.

Accordingly to Portuguese newspaper Record, Arsenal are closely monitoring the progress of Benfica forward Goncalo Guedes.

He may not be a household name in England, but Guedes is tipped to be the next big thing in Portugal, having risen through the ranks at Benfica in recent years.

The 17-year-old, who can play out wide or up front, has made his name playing for the Benfica B side, whilst he's also impressed in a host of displays for the Portugal Under-16 and Under-17 sides.

This season, Benfica manager Jorge Jesus gave Guedes a taste of first team action, playing the youngster in the Taca de Portugal cup tie against S.C. Covilha, and his ascent to the first team is attracting interest.

Bayern Munich have been linked with a move to sign Guedes as a long-term replacement for Franck Ribery, but Arsenal have an extensive history of signing young players from abroad and nurturing them under Wenger - and whilst he has a€70m release clause, the Gunners appear to be watching Guedes with intent.

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