Arsenal in pole position to sign European wonderkid

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Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Dynamo Kiev youngster Maxsym Koval.

The Daily Mirror suggests that the Gunners are in pole position to seal a deal for the 17-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper, who is being chased by a number of other Premier League clubs.

Koval is considered to be one of the brightest goalkeeping prospects in European football, and recently played for Dynamo in their Champions League qualifiers against Ajax.

Arsene Wenger is renowned for his ability to nurture young talent – having snapped up Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona aged only 16 – and is thought to have indentified Koval is a future Arsenal number one.

The Gunners boss was keen to replace current first choice stopper Manuel Almunia during the summer transfer window, but missed out on the signing of Fulham gloveman Mark Schwarzer.

Russian international Igor Akinfeev and Italy ‘keeper Federico Marchetti were also linked with the north London club as speculation mounted that Wenger had lost faith in Almunia.

Ajax’s Maarten Stekelenburg is also reportedly being monitored by Wenger, who is allegedly eyeing up a January move for the 27-year-old Dutchman.

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