Premier League title contenders Arsenal have made an offer to sign Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun, reports suggest.
According to unnamed sources cited by The Metro, the Gunners have offered £2 million for a player dubbed 'the Iranian Lionel Messi', with club officials in negotiations over a potential deal to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
19-year-old Azmoun only joined Rubin last January from Iran Pro League contenders Sepahan, making his professional footballing debut for the club in a narrow Europa League against Serbian outfit FK Jagodina.
A prolific scorer for Iran's U20 side, Azmoun has yet to feature on a regular basis for Rubin or indeed make his full international bow.
However his speed, agility and ability in possession has already been drawing comparisons with the best player on the planet - something that is sure to encourage Arsenal fans who might understandably be concerned over a lack of experience.
Arsenal clearly do need to invest in a new striker this summer. With Frenchman Olivier Giroud beginning to once again draw criticism from fans and pundits alike for displaying a crucial lack of dynamism and real quality in the final third, Nicklas Bendtner looks certain to leave the club upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the season.
And with Arsene Wenger curiously refraining from deploying German international Lukas Podolski as an out-and-out striker, that leaves the long-serving manager only Yaya Sanogo - as well as potentially the injured Theo Walcott - to provide competition for the former Montpellier man.
Given that Azmoun is only very young himself and has very limited experience even at domestic level, however, you surely would not expect him to be the only frontman that Arsenal take a keen interest in moving forward.