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Arsenal in confirmed transfer talks for teenage wonderkid Emil Roback but face competition from Bayern Munich


The young forward is already on the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs (Picture: PA / Zuma Press)

Arsenal are looking to lure Hammarby youngster Emil Roback
to the Emirates this summer, with the Swedish club’s sporting director
confirming that talks have already taken place.

The 16-year-old forward is one of the most promising young
players to come through the Stockholm-based club’s youth ranks and has
attracted interest from some huge clubs in Europe already.

German champions Bayern Munich have been in contact with
Roback, while Hammarby chief Jesper Jansson has confirmed that Arsenal are also
battling to sign the teenager.

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‘We were contacted and know about the interest,’ Jansson told Swedish outlet Fotboll Direkt when asked about Bayern’s interest.

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‘He has also met Arsenal. There’s a strong interest and there are more clubs as well.

‘He’s also been to Arsenal. Yes, I understand the interest.

‘He is a forward with a great physique and speed and already
a skilled goalscorer.’

Asked if Hammarby had been in direct contact with both Bayern
and Arsenal over Roback, Jansson confirmed: ‘Yes, we have.’

The Sweden Under-17 international is highly thought of in
his home nation, with Hammarby scout Mikael Hjelmberg marking him out as a huge
talent.

Roback would likely go into the academy rather than Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad (Picture: Getty)

‘Emil is a forward with a very good physique,’ he said. ‘He has an extreme speed and is a natural goalscorer.’

Arsenal’s pursuit of Roback will likely have been engineered
by technical director Edu, who is in charge of identifying transfer targets
both for the first team as well as academy players who have huge potential.

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