Arsenal are keeping tabs on Villarreal starlet Samuel Chukwueze, according to reports. The 19-year-old wide forward has shined since his promotion to the senior team in November and scored four goals for the Spanish side.
The Chile U17 World Cup winner has made his breakthrough this season, making an impact at Villarreal straight after his promotion to the senior team. Chukwueze, who also made his senior debut for Nigeria in October, has scored four goals for the Spanish side in 13 La Liga games since November.
Those include a wonderful solo effort against Rayo Vallecano and a goal against Spartak Moscow, sealing Villarreal’s top spot in their Europa League group. Often compared to Arjen Robben for his playing style, FootballLive.NG reports that Chukwueze is being watched by Unai Emery who is grappling with a lack of wide forwards at the Emirates.
But Villarreal will not give up Chukwueze easily as their new coach Luis Garcia is a big admirer of the youngster. He said: “I was told about Chukwueze. He’s got speed, spark, he can dribble. He’s a jewel we have to take care of.”
The Nigerian was reportedly close to joining the Gunners back in 2016, alongside his countryman Kelechi Nwakali. But the deal collapsed and Chukwueze continued his career in La Liga. Arsenal, however, will reportedly have to battle it out for the signature of the youngster with Leicester, who are also keen on the £45millon-rated player