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Report: Arsenal send scout to Italy to check out Jakub Jankto and Samuel Bastien

Arsenal have been linked with Jakub Jankto and Samuel Bastien.

According to Italian transfer expert Gianluca di Marzio, Arsenal scout Tony Banfield will be an attendance to watch Serie B teams Ascoli and Avellino for their weekend encounter.

The report claims that two players in question are Ascoli’s Jakub Jankto, on loan from Udinese, and Avellino’s Samuel Bastien who is currently on a season-long loan deal from Belgian side Anderlecht.

The two players have caught the eye in the Italian second division this season and Arsenal aren’t the first club to have scouts monitor the duo.

Jankto, a central midfielder, is a Czech Republic U20 international who joined Udinese from Slavia Prague in 2014, under the ownership of the renowned Pozzo family who also own Granada and Watford.

He has made a number of appearances for Ascoli this season, helping the club so far keep their heads above the relegation zone with three goals to his name thus far.

Bastien, likewise, is also a talented midfielder and he has made 24 appearances for Avellino this season, with the club just outside the playoff spots and with one eye on a potential promotion.

The Belgian youngster is highly-rated back at Anderlecht, though strong competition for places meant the club were happy for him to be loaned out to Italy in order to gain some much-needed experience.

The Gunners have scouts all over Europe tracking the next best youngsters, and a good impression by the duo this weekend could bring them closer to earning a move to the Emirates Stadium.

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