Report: Arsenal join Liverpool in the race to sign highly-rated goalkeeper Mattia Perin

Genoa v Catania at the Marassi

Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a move for Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are eyeing a move for Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin amid speculation over the future of Wojciech Szczesny.

Szczesny, 24, was dropped for Sunday's game against Stoke City having been caught smoking after the defeat to Southampton by manager Arsene Wenger, as reported here by Eurosport.

The Polish international has lost his place in the side to Colombian international David Ospina, and now the Gunners are being linked with another goalkeeper.

This time, it's Italian boy wonder Mattia Perin, who has been earmarked as Gianluigi Buffon's long-term successor between the posts for the Italian national team.

Perin, 22, has been starring for Genoa over the last 18 months, and it's little surprise that Arsenal have kept him on their radar - almost three years after his agent confirmed to Sky Sports that the Gunners wanted to sign the goalkeeper whilst he was with Pescara in 2013.

Back then, agent Matteo Roggi suggested that Perin was worth €20m - and Arsenal may well need to pay close to that now in order to land the promising goalkeeper.

They aren't the only ones linked with Perin though. According to the Daily Star in December, Liverpool had also set their sights on Perin, with Brendan Rodgers losing faith in Simon Mignolet at Anfield.

If both sides really are trying to bring Perin to England, we could be in for an intriguing transfer battle.

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