Arsenal prepare move for Chelsea's Serie 'A' target

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Arsenal are reportedly closing on Udinese midfielder Kojo Asamoah.

The Ghanaian international has impressed in Serie 'A' after moving to the Zebrette on loan from Bellinzona in Switzerland, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be tracking the 21-year-old with a view to a summer move.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is also believed to be monitoring the youngster, but it's the Gunners who have made first contact according to the player's agent.

“He (Kojo Asamoah) has four years left on his contract with Udinese. There is interest from Arsenal, but that is all, we will see,” Asamoah's agent told

The player, who was linked with the two London rivals in January, admitted to be flattered by the interest at the time. "My ambition is to be in the team, week in, week out. To be linked to Arsenal and Chelsea is a good thing but I’ve never been approached by those teams."

Asamoah made his debut at the Stadio Friuli in January 2009, and his impressive performances at the back end of that campaign secured a permanent €800,000 deal in the summer transfer window.

A link to Juventus forced Udinese to place a €30 million valuation on his head, although that was to merely frighten off the Old Lady from any possible move.

Premier League clubs have now entered the fray, and Pasquale Marino faces a fight to keep hold of his prized asset. Asamoah, who has already won 29 caps internationally, could well be the subject of a summer bidding war and Wenger has positioned himself well for any potential deal.

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