Arsenal eye Peruvian prodigy - reports

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Real Madrid are the latest side reported to be weighing up an approach for Peruvian starlet and Arsenal target Andy Polo reports

The 17-year-old forward is widely regarded as an up-and-coming star of the future, after bursting onto the scene when he made his debut for Universitario de Deportes last year, at the tender age of 16.

After turning in a number of impressive performances that has seen the teen sensation's stock rise further, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger now looks to have a serious fight on his hands to bring Polo to the Emirates Stadium.

A number of Spanish clubs have been keeping tabs on Polo's progress, and after Real scouts were impressed with what they saw after being sent to Peru to see the teenager in action, a Bernabeu bid is expected in the New Year.


"The 17-year-old player of Universitario is the objective that Real Madrid has in mind," read a statement on "Sevilla and Villarreal have also put their eyes on the player.

"He is fast and has a good technique, he plays like Robinho. His club wants to transfer him so they can resolve some financial problems."

But with Wenger renowned for his youth development programme, the Gunners chief will be hoping that his esteemed reputation will be enough to convince the Peruvian prodigy that his future would be better served at Arsenal.

Either way, it is anticipated that an offer of around £800,000 could be enough to tempt Universitario into a sale - a figure that is well within Arsenal and Real Madrid's respective budgets.

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