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Arsenal To Battle European Heavyweights For Latvian Striker

Arsene Wenger has apparently set his sights on yet another precocious talent from the continent, with the Arsenal manager set to go head to head with Juventus, Galatasaray, Atalanta and Udinese for the signature of Latvian striker, Artjoms Rudnevs.

The 22 year-old currently plays in Poland for Lech Poznan, and since signing for the club last summer has already bagged 13 goals in 21 games. Rudnevs has also made a name for himself on the European stage this season, scoring four goals in two matches against Juventus in the Europa League.

This seems proof enough for Arsene of the striker’s potential, and a projected transfer fee of £1m would certainly fit the bill as far as Wenger’s transfer policy goes.

However, the Gunners boss will first have to fend off interest from abroad; in particular Serie A giants, Juventus, who are interested in bringing Rudnevs to Italy after being priced out of a move for Wolfsburg striker, Edin Dzeko.

Italian publication Tuttosport has also put the Latvian’s value at around the £1m mark, however it is not yet certain whether Poznan can be convinced to part with their prize asset so soon after buying him.

That may in fact suit Arsenal, with Wenger unwilling to make any transfers before next summer, by which time he can hope that Juventus will have lost interest in Rudnevs.

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