Napoli in chase for 'next Ronaldinho' despite Arsenal connection

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Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi is being courted by Napoli, according to reports.

The Japanese teenager has been earning rave reviews for his performances whilst on loan at Feyenoord, leading to speculation that the player is being tracked by clubs across Europe.

Sky Sport Italia reports that Napoli, who currently sit second in Serie 'A', are looking to add depth to their squad for a potential Champions League challenge next term.

However, Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen to bring the 18-year-old back to Arsenal, although claim issues over a work permit could yet hamper the player's future laying at the Emirates.

Understandably the Gunners are keen to keep Miyaichi, whose performances in the Eredivisie have led to sections of the Dutch media nicknaming the player "Ryodinho" and drawing comparisons to Ronaldinho.


Arsenal beat off strong competition to land the former Chukyodai Chuyko High School starlet after a successful trial in north London, and Wenger believes the player could have a bright future.

"We’re delighted that Ryo Miyaichi has joined us. He trialled with us in the summer and has raw ability which has attracted many clubs around the world," the Frenchman told the official Arsenal website after Miyaichi penned his contract.

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