Arsenal are tracking the performances of Ajax starlet Riechedly Bazoer with a view to launching a Â£15million summer bid.
The 19-year-old has been described as the ‘Dutch Patrick Viera’ and the race is on for his signature with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea also showing a keen interest.
The Netherlands international is under contract with Ajax until 2020 so the Dutch club will be in a position to hold out for their Â£15million valuation, and could even demand more.
Gunners scouts have been checking on the central midfielder for some time, but reports in the press now claim Arsene Wenger has ordered them to watch the youngster in every game between now and the end of the season.
Arsenal will face strong competition though as soon to be Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reported to have instructed his new employers to make moves to sign him.
Chelsea and Liverpool are also in the hunt and Ajax will be hoping a bidding war is on the cards.