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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners have been tracking highly-talented Portuguese starlet for over a year

Arsenal are reportedly closely monitoring Porto star Andre Silva and are understood to have been keeping an eye on his progress for over a year.

According to O Jogo, it’s claimed that the Gunners sent scouts to watch the 20-year-old in action against Leicester City in the Champions League last month.

Further, it’s added that Arsene Wenger has been tracking Silva since last year’s Under-20 World Cup and was left impressed by the youngster who scored four goals in the group stage of the tournament.

Silva has been equally as impressive to start this season having bagged six goals and provided three assists in 11 appearances in all competitions, and his form will undoubtedly only strengthen speculation of interest from around Europe.

Although he boasts impressive strength, movement and pace along with an eye for goal, he remains quite a raw talent at this stage of his career and he will in turn be desperate to continue to improve between now and the end of the season through regular playing time.

His club form has also resulted in him earning his first senior Portuguese cap having made his debut in August, and so the signs are promising for Silva moving forward.

O Jogo add that the forward signed a new contract this past summer with a €60m release clause inserted into the deal, and so if Wenger harbours hopes of signing the Portuguese international, it appears as though Arsenal will have to dig deep into their pockets to take him to the Emirates.

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