Arsenal eye the 'Romanian Messi' - reports

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Arsenal have joined Inter and AC Milan in the hunt for Udinese winger Gabriel Torje, according to reports in Italy.

The London Metro reveals how the 21-year-old Romanian international, who only moved to Italy in the summer as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Alexis Sanchez, is attracting interest from a host of clubs across Europe.

After a series of impressive performances this year, helping Udinese to the top of Serie A, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has wasted no time in sending scouts to Friuli to run the rule over the tricky forward.

As Arsenal continue their search to replenish their midfield ranks following the summer sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Torje is being considered as an alternative to Sochaux's Marvin Martin - who ruled himself out of a January switch to the Emirates Stadium.


The 5ft 5in forward, dubbed the 'Romanian Lionel Messi' due to his pint-sized stature and explosive dribbling speed, cost the Italian outfit £9million.

If they are to agree to Torje's sale, they will be looking to make a considerable profit on the former Dinamo Bucuresti man, and it remains to be seen whether Arsenal are prepared to meet his valuation.

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