Arsenal to rival Juventus for £50m winger dubbed ‘new Thierry Henry’

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Arsenal are reportedly monitoring the progress of Slavia Prague winger Abdallah Sima, who has been dubbed the ‘new Thierry Henry’.

The 19-year-old, who has 13 goals in 18 appearances this season, has attracted plenty of attention with his displays for the Czech outfit this season.

Italian champions Juventus are also said to be tracking the impressive Senegalese starlet, as reported in the Express.

Sima has been valued at a whopping £50million by Slavia club president Jaroslav Tvrdik. He was also dubbed the ‘new Thierry Henry’, according to a report by Calciomercato.

It’s reported that scouts from the Gunners and Juve have ‘put his name on their notebooks’. However, at this stage it remains to be seen if any concrete offers will be made.

The exciting winger has played less than 20 senior matches in his professional career. However, he already has a big fan in West Ham star Thomas Soucek.

The midfielder revealed earlier this week that he views Sima as a huge talent, urging his club to join the race to sign the player.

“From what I see, I have to say, I’m excited about him,” Soucek told Czech channel CT Sport. “His goals are very much similar to what I’ve been scoring.

“I’m glad that such a player was found, but it’s not just about that. He shows one-on-one qualities, finishing, just a typical winger.

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Soucek wants Hammers to make a move

“I have to say that the guys or the media around West Ham know about him. I would only be happy if another player from Slavia came, but it is still far away.

“He’s still a young player and he has to prove it. But a lot of people know about him and notice him. Only good for him.”

Despite Arsenal’s interest, it would appear that Juve hold the upper hand given the struggles the Gunners have had this season.

Mikel Arteta’s men currently sit 15th in the Premier League table, with just four wins from 13 outings.

There have been calls for Arteta to lose his job, although his side did battle to a draw with Southampton despite being down to 10 men during the week.

But if the north London side fail to improve their season dramatically then Sima is likely to head to Italy instead.

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