Arsenal in confirmed transfer talks for teenage wonderkid Emil Roback but face competition from Bayern Munich

Sweden's Emil Roback in action during the European Championship qualifier for Boys U17 between Sweden and the Faroes in Helsingborg
The young forward is already on the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs (Picture: PA / Zuma Press)

Arsenal are looking to lure Hammarby youngster Emil Roback to the Emirates this summer, with the Swedish club’s sporting director confirming that talks have already taken place.

The 16-year-old forward is one of the most promising young players to come through the Stockholm-based club’s youth ranks and has attracted interest from some huge clubs in Europe already.

German champions Bayern Munich have been in contact with Roback, while Hammarby chief Jesper Jansson has confirmed that Arsenal are also battling to sign the teenager.

‘We were contacted and know about the interest,’ Jansson told Swedish outlet Fotboll Direkt when asked about Bayern’s interest.

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‘He has also met Arsenal. There’s a strong interest and there are more clubs as well.

‘He’s also been to Arsenal. Yes, I understand the interest.

‘He is a forward with a great physique and speed and already a skilled goalscorer.’

Asked if Hammarby had been in direct contact with both Bayern and Arsenal over Roback, Jansson confirmed: ‘Yes, we have.’

The Sweden Under-17 international is highly thought of in his home nation, with Hammarby scout Mikael Hjelmberg marking him out as a huge talent.

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Roback would likely go into the academy rather than Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad (Picture: Getty)

‘Emil is a forward with a very good physique,’ he said. ‘He has an extreme speed and is a natural goalscorer.’

Arsenal’s pursuit of Roback will likely have been engineered by technical director Edu, who is in charge of identifying transfer targets both for the first team as well as academy players who have huge potential.

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