Arsenal look set to face serious competition for the signing of highly rated Padova striker Ousmane Drame from Fiorentina and Palermo according to insidefutbol.com.
The 18-year-old has attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe, but both Serie A sides are confident they hold an advantage as Drame would prefer to remain in Italy.
Drame's agent George Atangana recently confirmed that he had spoken to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger about a potential move to Arsenal, but also expressed his desire for his client to complete the 2011-12 campaign in Serie B with Padova, pushing back a move to the Emirates Stadium until the summer.
However, Fiorentina and Palermo have both made their intentions clear that they wish to sign Drame in January, and if an offer which meets the club's valuation is made, it is unlikely he will reject the chance to step up a division.
Arsenal though, will not want to miss out on the player, after club scouts returned favourable reports, with a general consensus that Drame could be an instant hit in the Barclays Premier League.
Despite his tender years, his physique makes him ideally suited to the rigours of English football, and observers say even at this early stage of his career, he would have no problem fitting in at Arsenal.