Arsenal keen on transfer for Juventus star Emil Audero as Petr Cech replacement

The Indonesian-born stopper, 22, is spending this season on loan at Sampdoria where he has played every minute in Serie A so far.

He has conceded 26 goals this season but has kept seven clean sheets, including in a 3-0 win over Napoli early in the campaign.

Sampdoria are understood to have the option to buy the goalkeeper come the end of the season but Gianluca Di Marzio believe Premier League clubs are keen, especially Arsenal.

Born in Mataram, Indonesia, Audero moved to Italy when he was one and joined the Juventus academy ten years later.

He has made just one senior Juventus appearance but played every game last season on loan at Venezia while he has also represented Italy at every age group from Under-15s through to Under-21s.

Since Gianlugi Buffon left the Allianz Stadium last summer, former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has claimed the No1 spot for Massimiliano Allegri.

Szczesny left the Emirates for Turin in 2017 after impressing during his two-year loan spell at Roma.

The Gunners will need to bring in a goalkeeper by the summer because four-time Premier League winner Cech announced last week he is retiring at the end of the season.

It leaves Unai Emery with Bernd Leno as his only senior stopper and he will therefore need to dip into the transfer market to provide competition for the German.

However, Audero is unlikely to sign this January because Emery admitted the club do not have the funds to make any signings and must rely on any loan deals this winter.

Plenty of Arsenal fans will be desperate to see a creative player come in, such as James Rodriguez who has been linked with a move, with Mesut Ozil continuing to under-perform.

And with Hector Bellerin out until next season with an anterior cruciate ligament sustained in the 2-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend, reinforcement at right-back may be on Emery's wish list.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has filled in there in the past but is not a natural full-back or wing-back.

Bellerin out for the season with knee ligament injury with Arsenal he could miss nine months

HECTOR BELLERIN is out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.

The Arsenal full-back had scans last night, after collapsing in agony during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea, which revealed that surgery may be necessary to repair his ruptured ACL.

A source close to the player revealed: “We’re seeking further medical advice but it does not look good.”

The devastating injury could keep the Spaniard out for up to nine months.

Bellerin, 23, was carried off in the 70th minute of Saturday’s Emirates clash after twisting his knee as he chased after Blues midfielder Ross Barkley.

But club medics had to wait until yesterday to scan the injury because the swelling around the joint was so severe.


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