Arsenal join the race to sign wonderkid Gonçalo Guedes

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Arsenal are heading for a scrap with the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan over the signing of the extremely talented youngster Gonçalo Guedes.

Guedes is a 17-year-old attacker and has been catching the eye for Benfica's youth teams and Portuguese publication O Jogo are running with a report that claims Arsene Wenger has an interest in the exciting prospect.

However, it also claims that the Arsenal manager is facing a tough task if he does decide to turn interest into a concrete offer, as Bundesliga giants Bayern are very serious about snapping up Guedes.

The report claims that Pep Guardiola and other scouts and officials see the Portugal Under-17 international as the natural successor to current star Franck Ribery, whose future at the Allianz Arena does not look as though it is set for long term.

Ribery recently came back from a knee injury that he had suffered during pre-season training and has already had one comeback aborted due to a recurrence. This blow came on the back of being forced to miss France's World Cup campaign owing to a back injury.

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It has been a frustrating time for the winger and admitted he was "p****d off" after the latest set back. He returned for the second time this season in the 6-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen and manager Guardiola appears to be easing him back into action, bringing him on for late substitute appearances.

Ribery has already retired from international duty this summer, but the past few seasons have seen him suffer a series of injury setbacks and Bayern are unlikely to continue keeping him as one of their highest paid players if getting him on the pitch is going to be a doubt.

Youth race

Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan are reportedly interested too, but the spending power of both Arsenal and Bayern Munich means they are unlikely to be able to offer better financial terms and will need to find another selling point.

For Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp has a good reputation for developing young talent and the financial constraints they are under mean youngsters get good opportunities to play regularly in the first team.

However, Wener is famed for giving youngsters a chance at Arsenal and has consistently shown down the years that those who are good enough will play in his teams, regardless of age. Examples being Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas.

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