Arsenal have the real thing, but Juventus are linked with the 'new Ozil'

Mesut Ozil may only be a 25-year-old man but his heir has already been named in Maximillian Arnold – and Juventus are reportedly on to him.

The Wolfsburg man himself has yet to leave his teenage years behind at 19, but has been part of the first-team picture since coming up under former boss Felix Magath in the 2011-12 campaign.

After 11 senior showings in two seasons, Arnold has burst on to the scene this term as an integral part of a Wolfe side that sit just four points adrift of Champions League places.

True to the natural inclination Arsenal man he has been likened to, the ‘new Ozil’ possesses a fine left foot – by trade a central playmaker, but also capable of cutting a lethal figure out wide.

Six goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances have seen the youngster’s star rise significantly of late – with international recognition apparently coming along as expected.

Juventus have become known for chasing bargains and making shrewd signings in the post-Calciopoli era, Arnold emerging as the latest to turn Bianconeri heads.

According to Goal Italia’s Romeo Agresti, the Old Lady’s scouts in Germany have been struck by the attacking midfielder’s talent – supplying director of sport Fabio Paratici with top marks on his performances.

Agresti maintains that despite holding a high opinion of Arnold, Juventus remain measured in their approach and are yet to make an official enquiry.

The underlying subtext of a potential summer deal harks back to a potential tactical shift for Antonio Conte’s men away from their trademark 3-5-2 formation.

With three at the back the Bianconeri have taken Serie A by storm in the past years, but the long-term viability – particularly in view of European competition – of such a set-up has come under the microscope and the Italian coach is believed to be considering transitioning to a 4-3-3.

Arnold would present an intriguing option in the latter, able to slot in either out on the wing or in the midfield trio, so with his tender years could represent the future of the Turin giants.

The German is under contract with his current employers until 2017 and has previously been valued at about €3m, though this figure almost certainly has risen.

Juventus are yet to make a definitive move for the 19-year-old but it seems when the transfer window opens once more they could be in for him – especially if Conte gives his blessing and Wolfsburg are willing to allow Arnold to leave for a decent price.

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