Arsenal are interested in signing Juventus goalkeeper Emil Audero, who is currently on a season-long loan at Sampdoria.
Last week, veteran shot-stopper Petr Cech announced that he will retire from professional football at the end of the current season, bringing to an end a magnificent, trophy-laden career.
The 36-year-old has served as Arsenal’s back-up ‘keeper this term behind Bernd Leno, but when he departs the club will likely have to dip into the transfer market to find his replacement.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio via Francesco Porzio on Twitter, the Gunners are already plotting a smart transfer for Juventus ‘keeper Audero, so that they are not left short between the sticks.
— Francesco Porzio (@fraporzio95) January 21, 2019
Audero rose through the ranks at youth level with Juve before graduating to the senior team in 2016, but he has since been shipped out on loan to Venezia and Sampdoria.
The 22-year-old has proved he has what it takes to play in at the top level in Serie A this season though, serving as Sampdoria’s number one and racking up 20 appearances, helping the team secure a spot in the top eight.
Given his age and immense talent, Arsenal would not only be purchasing a competent second choice goalkeeper, but also one that could potentially inherit the number one spot in the future.
The Gunners are still hopeful of finishing in the Premier League’s top four this season and by signing Audero, Unai Emery would increase his squad depth heading into a crucial period.
The Italy U-21 international has a bright future in the game and at the Emirates Stadium, he could develop quickly while filling the boots of an Arsenal and Premier League legend.