Arsenal have tossed their hat into the…erm…growing pile of hats belonging to clubs interested in signing Benfica wonder boy Goncalo Guedes, according to reports in the Mirror.
The recently crowned Portuguese kings are yet to hand the 17-year-old a first-team bow and their well-documented financial crisis means they could be tempted to part with the prodigy this summer.
Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan are stepping into the ring with the Gunners to form a tasty triple-threat tussle over Guedes, who has represented Portugal at U-16, 17 and 18 levels.
Benfica are thought to be keen on getting the youngster tied down to a new deal, but this may be only to ensure they can drive the asking price of one of their most sought after assets skywards.
Guedes operates equally well on the left wing or as a centre-forward and is believed to be available for around £6m as things stand.
After missing out on Cristiano Ronaldo when he was tearing up the Portuguese youth leagues with Sporting Lisbon, Arsene Wenger will be loathe to allow another potential world player of the year to wriggle off the hook so if his scouts are suitably impressed, expect the north Londoners to make an offer.
After comprehensively vanquishing Hull last time out, Arsenal can be backed at a miniscule 4/25 to finish in this season’s top four.
However, such an outcome may not be the formality that the odds indicate, with Everton refusing to let up in their pursuit of fourth.
The Toffees sit just a point back from Wenger’s side, meaning the Gunners will have to take all three points when they host Newcastle next.
However, with the Magpies in disarray and chronically short on strikers, claiming the spoils shouldn’t be particularly vexing for the Champions League-chasing faction.
Alan Pardew’s side have failed to find the back of the net in five of their previous six road games, nor have they managed a goal in their previous two meetings with Arsenal and this makes a flutter on a home win to nil worth entertaining at 6/5.