Arsenal are keeping tabs on Cagliaris central midfielder Nicolo Barella, according to reports in Italy.
The 21-year-old made his senior debut three years ago and is widely considered as one of the top young prospects in Italian football.
Barella has attracted interest from several Serie A clubs including Juventus, Inter and Roma.
But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal are also in the race and have sent a scout to keep track of Barellas progress in Serie A.
Cagliari, however, are unwilling to let the midfielder leave in the January transfer window and reportedly value him at €50 million (£44m).
Arsenal may also face competition from Liverpool, with reports claiming last month that Jurgen Klopps side are confident of winning the race for Barella.
The Gunners are in the market for a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey after the club withdrew their offer of a new contract.
Ramsey is now expected to leave Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of the season, which will leave a gap to fill in Unai Emerys midfield.
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