Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be monitoring starlet Zhano Ananidze, dubbed “the next Georgi Kinkladze”.
The Spartak Moscow midfielder signalled his arrival on the football forefront last week, netting his first professional goal in the Russian Premier League – the youngest player ever to do so – at 17 years and eight days.
Wenger is set to face stiff competition for the fledging star, with Juventus, AC Milan and Sevilla also believed to be tracking the youngster's progress.
The Frenchman remains defiant despite regular criticism aimed at his recruitment policies whereby foreigners have been the fulcrum of his transfer activity.
“In a football team you can have 80 per cent foreigners,” he told News Of The World.
“If that happened in normal society, English people would be upset.
“You have to be prepared to accept the rules of a new country.
“When I was in Japan I ate sushi. And when I am in England I eat roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.”