Reports from Sweden say Arsenal have met with Emil Roback, a striker who currently plays for Hammarby IF.
The 17 year old has apparently visited London Colney and like other young players in this situation, taken part in some training sessions.
We’re facing competition from Bayern Munich, who are also keen, but with the highly rated Folarin Balogun set to depart after we failed to agree new terms with him, there could be a gap at youth level for the Roback to fill.
Hammarby IF Sporting Director told Football Direct, “There is a strong interest … he has also been to Arsenal. Yes, I understand the interest.
“He is forward with a great physique and speed and already a skilled scorer.”
The player himself is reportedly keen to move abroad to further his development, and on the face of it this is the kind of low-cost deal that could prove beneficial Arsenal need to do these days.
Of course, it’s important we manage contracts well, so that our return on investment is maximised if it doesn’t work out as well as hoped.
Balogun was subject to a £5m bid from Brentford last January, but it remains to be seen what he’ll fetch in a Covid-19 impacted transfer market.
Roback, meanwhile, made his Hammarby debut in a cup defeat to IFK Gothenburg.