AC Milan, Juventus scouting 17-year-old Arsenal prodigy

Date published: Wednesday 28th August 2019 1:22 - Matthew Briggs

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AC Milan and Juventus are interested in signing Arsenal starlet Sam Greenwood, according to a report.

The Sun claim that the Serie A pair “sent scouts to track his progress at the Under-17 European Championships this summer”.

Greenwood, 17, impressed at the tournament for England with three goals in three games on the back of a season with Arsenal’s U18s in which he hit 10 goals and five assists in 21 appearances.

The report also claims that clubs from Germany are interested in Greenwood, but the fact that ex-Arsenal man Ivan Gazidis is the current Milan chief executive points towards the Rossoneri heading the queue.

In fact, Gazidis was at The Emirates when Arsenal signed the winger from Sunderland last summer after Greenwood, who was 16 at the time, blasted 21 goals in 26 games for Sunderland’s under-16 and under-18 teams in 2017/18.

That led to him turning down a contract offer on Wearside and he left for Arsenal on a free transfer, with the Gunners paying Sunderland a development fee.

“I was both excited and apprehensive about coming down from Sunderland to join Arsenal. Leaving my town, friends and family was quite daunting, it felt like a big task, but I was keen to push myself and now that I’m here I feel fully settled,” Greenwood told Arsenal.com in September 2018.

“Even where I live in digs in St Albans, it feels busier than back home. I live in the home of our landlady Rachel with Alfie Matthews, who is also a scholar. That’s been a big help because we talk about all things football and support each other. I’m very much enjoying being at a big club like Arsenal.

“It’s a big challenge for me and I’m relishing it. I’m at a club where I feel I can take myself to a new level.”

 

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