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Report: Arsenal send scouts to watch 23-year-old Italian Armando Izzo in action

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Genoa star Armando Izzo has been linked with Arsenal.

According to a report in the Italian newspaper II Secolo XIX, Arsenal are tracking Genoa centre-back Armando Izzo ahead of the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old star has been a regular for Genoa this season, featuring in ten Serie A matches.

Despite having not received international recognition both in the youth teams and for the senior squad, Izzo’s reputation in Italy is growing amid a number of impressive displays.

As per the report by II Secolo XIX, the player could be available for as little as £3 million as the Italian outfit struggle to juggle their finances and retain their better players.

The Gunners are said to have sent scouts to watch him in action, though in his last four starts, the Rossoblu have conceded seven goals with three of those coming in a barnstorming 3-3 draw at Torino.

His age means Izzo has plenty of time on his side, while his current status as relatively unknown outside of Italy certainly wouldn’t put Arsene Wenger off seeking a deal.

Arsenal can currently count on four established centre-backs, yet with Per Mertesacker entering the twilight of his career there is scope to bring in a potential long-term replacement.

Izzo began his career at Napoli before joining Serie B side Avellino in order to gain regular first-team football. His rise to become an established Serie A defender has been a challenge.

However, the Gunners often look outside the box in terms of transfers and while some are questionable, Wenger’s overall record in the market speaks for itself.

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