Arsenal consider move for Benfica starlet Goncalo Guedes

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Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in Benfica starlet Goncalo Guedes as he continues to impress at youth level, reports the Daily Mail.

The midfielder has been one of the standout performers in Uefa's Youth League, scoring four goals and assisting one in just nine games.

He was the man of the match in a 2-1 win over Manchester City in March where a number of scouts from across Europe took note.

Guedes, 17, has now attracted the attention of Manchester United, City, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal with the latter stepping up their pursuit ahead of a potential summer transfer bid.

Benfica are desperately trying to get the teenager to sign a new contract and increase his buyout clause before the big clubs come calling but interest from the Premier League is bound to turn Geudes' head.

Arsenal are, of course, famed for taking young talent from around Europe and turning them into established global stars.

Arsene Wenger has done it in the past with Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas to name a few, and, more recently, has seen Serge Gnabry make his way through the youth system after joining from Stuttgart.

Wenger is keen to add Guedes to his growing list of hot prospects and could move now while Manchester United, their biggest challengers for his signature, lie in disarray.

The Red Devils have sacked David Moyes and all transfer business is set to be shelved until a long-term replacement can be found. Ryan Giggs will take charge for the rest of the season.

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