Arsenal spent big on bringing in one of the top players in the Bundesliga during the January transfer window with the club-record £56m signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and the Gunners are plotting another swoop on German football, this time for one of the best young prospects in the top tier.
According to the Guardian, Arsenal are at “the front of the queue” in the race to sign highly-rated Hamburg centre-back Josha Vagnoman in the summer.
Yet to make his professional debut for the Bundesliga side, Vagnoman has impressed for the Hamburg U19 side and new Gunners chief scout, Sven Mislintat, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, has identified the teenager as a player he will target when the next transfer window opens.
The 17-year-old’s contract with Hamburg is set to expire in June and given their precarious position in the Bundesliga, sitting 17th and in one of the automatic relegation zones, three points adrift from the relegation/promotion play-off place and six back from safety, he could choose to leave in the summer given the interest in him if they do suffer relegation.
Vagnoman is also a reported target for Bayern Munich as they look to recruit the next generation of superstars into their academy system.
Hamburg could also lose impressive young striker Jann Fiete-Arp in the summer if they are relegated, with Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal among those interested.