The Daily Mail have today reported Arsenal to be interested in signing 20-year-old left-sided Lorient full-back Raphael Guerreiro.
With the injury-prone Kieron Gibbs and the occasionally unconvincing Nacho Monreal the current options in the position it seems far from fanciful that the Gunners may be seeking an alternative.
French-born Guerreiro is as short as 11/10 to be an Arsenal player before the end of the January transfer window, but just what is it that has caught Arsene Wenger’s eye?
The 20-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise in his short career, which has just entered its third season at senior level.
Having missed just a solitary outing in his maiden first-team campaign at Caen in 2012/13 he was voted into the Ligue 2 team of the season.
Lorient had seen enough to come knocking that summer and he continued his upward trajectory in Brittany, starting 34 times last term.
His form was sufficiently compelling for him to begin blipping on the Portuguese national team radar and Fernando Santos handed him his debut in November 2014.
Guerreiro contributed to a shutout success on his Seleccao bow, before scoring a last minute winner against Argentina days later.
Most definitively an attacking full-back, his searing pace and formidable stamina are an offensive asset that has seen him make ten of his 19 Ligue 1 outings this term as either an orthodox or advanced wide midfielder, scoring four times.
However, while he averaged just 1.4 tackles per game last term (when played near entirely as a full-back) Arsenal fans needn’t fear the arrival of another Andre Santos.
Instead Guerreiro prefers to hold up and jockey opposition players, making a respectable mean 2.7 cut outs per outing when employed as a defender in 2013/14.
Rather than bemoan Wenger’s obsession with youth, Gooners may have cause to laud his foresight once more if Arsenal can net this exciting talent.