Arsenal target Italian starlet after scouting mission

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly after Italian youngster Ciro Immobile.

A teenager with a growing reputation in his homeland, Arsenal scouts have alerted Wenger of his potential after being impressed by the goalscorer in the recent Viareggio tournament.

Seen as one of the most important youth competitions for player development in Italy, Immobile has helped Juventus to back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.

Indeed, his ten goals in the most recent tournament earned him the Golden Boy award, handed out to the most promising talent by a jury that mainly comprises of sports journalists.

Gunners scouts returned from the same tournament with a glowing reference, undoubtedly impressed by Immobile's hat-trick in the 4-1 final victory against Empoli.

The 19-year-old striker has also made senior appearances for the bianconeri, making his league debut in March 2009 and Champions League debut in November of the same year. On both occasions Immobile came on for Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.

Italian media outlet Leggo were first to report that Frenchman Wenger has taken an interest in the striker, who made his debut for the Italian U21 side last March. The north London club 'are expected to approach Juventus to make early enquiries', claims the outlet.

A lack of attacking options at the Emirates has left Wenger searching europe for striking talent. Immobile is seen as a genuine target, and it would be a coup for the Gunners if they could take one of the most promising young talents in world football away from the Stadio Olimpico.

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