Arsenal are leading the race to sign Uruguayan hotshot Kevin Mendez after Arsene Wenger made a formal approach for the teenage striker, according to talkSPORT.
The 18-year-old has also attracted interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United, but it's the Emirates Stadium that would be Mendez's preferred destination.
Gunners scouts have been keeping tabs on the talented youngster for some time, and have witnessed the Penarol starlet flourish in his homeland in both domestic and youth international football.
Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has tipped his compatriot to have a bright future in the game, so Arsenal fans should be excited about the prospect of Mendez moving to north London.
After bursting onto the scene at the FIFA U17 World Cup last year, Mendez has received admiring glances from a host of suitors, and despite Penarol's reluctance to sell they could be forced to cash-in if a big-money offer is made in January.
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Louis van Gaal might try to convince the Uruguay U20 international that his future would be better served at Old Trafford, but with stronger competition for places in attack from the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao it's understandable why the South American starlet would favour a move to Arsenal.
Wenger was supposed to be prioritising defensive and midfield reinforcements in the mid-season window, but his apparent desire to sign Mendez suggests those transfer plans have gone out the window.
Despite spending big money on Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck during the summer, the Gunners look set to strengthen their forward line again with the acquisition of Mendez, who could become a first-team regular for many years.
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