'Iranian Messi': "Talks with Arsenal are getting serious"...

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Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun has admitted to being in talks with Arsenal over a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be disappointed at seeing yet another title bid fall by the wayside in recent weeks, but a key problem for the Gunners has been the lack of striking support for Olivier Giroud, with Yaya Sanogo not ready for a first-team role and Nicklas Bendtner poised to leave the club at the end of the season upon the expiration of his contract.

That leaves Wenger with a huge need up front, and he has subsequently been linked with a move for Rubin striker Azmoun, who has been labelled as 'the Iranian Messi'. Azmoun has hit three goals in ten games for Rubin this season, but his promise has attracted the interest of a number of clubs.

AC Milan, Juventus and Barcelona are circling his services according to the player himself, but the 19-year-old admitted that talks with Arsenal are gathering pace - even though he will be focusing on his performances on the pitch for Rubin for the rest of the season.

"I have offers from three major clubs. Arsenal, AC Milan and Juventus," Azmoun told Iranian TV. "I also had an offer from Barcelona, but due to their transfer ban the club is out of picture at the moment.

"The talks with both Milan and Arsenal are getting very serious. Both clubs have spoken to Kazan. But for me it’s important to keep focus on Kazan. We have seven games left, I will decide after these games. I’m very proud to have Arsenal looking at me, but as I said, right now I’m only focusing on the Russian league."

Wenger has an extensive history of working with young players and Azmoun would appear to fit the bill, but with one inexperienced frontman in Sanogo, is adding another youngster really the best way to support Giroud? Should Arsenal land the talented starlet, Wenger should still be looking to add another forward this summer.

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