Arsenal scouts watched Georginio Wijnaldum in action for Holland against Portugal last night, according to reports in the player’s homeland.
Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad claims the Gunners were in attendance to see the PSV Eindhoven star in action for a second time, after watching him on the opening week of the Eredivisie season.
The attacking midfielder prefers to operate in a central role behind the striker for club and country, but can also play on the flanks if required.
Wijnaldum began his career at Feyenoord, graduating through the club’s youth system before moving to PSV for £4million in 2011.
The three-cap international does not want to leave the Phillips Stadium, the report in the Netherlands claims, but Gunners chief Arsene Wenger still has time to submit a bid and complete a deal before the conclusion of the transfer window.
Wenger has so far been frustrated in the market this summer, with the Arsenal chief only able to add Yaya Sanogo to the ranks at the Emirates Stadium.
Wijnaldum would certainly add something different were he to arrive in north London, providing competition for Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski in any of the attacking midfield positions as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation.
But, his arrival at Arsenal would depend on Wenger’s ability to persuade the player to move – presuming the scouts have liked what they’ve seen of the player.