Reports have surfaced claiming Arsenal are keeping tabs on AZ Alkmaar’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Jasper Schendelaar.
The highly-rated prospect, a regular for the Dutch under-17 side, made history in pre-season when he became AZ’s youngest ever debutant while still 15. He went on to sign a new contract on his birthday in September committing his future to the club until 2019.
Tuttomercatoweb claim the Gunners want to steal a march on other suitors by doing a deal for Schendelaar in January. While the Italian site is not a source we’d usually trust, we’re inclined to believe there’s a kernel of truth…otherwise, it’s just weirdly left-field. That said, in these days of post-truth fake news, who knows.
It’s pretty obvious that this lad wouldn’t be challenging for a first team spot anytime soon if he did join us. In addition to first team trio Petr Cech, David Ospina and Emi Martinez, there’s also Wojciech Szczesny on loan and the likes of Matt Macey, Hugo Keto and Deyan Iliev waiting in the wings.