ARSENAL are bargain hunting in this window and have got their eye on Francisco Trincao, but they'll have to fend off the advances of Juventus.
The 19-year-old forward has caught the eye of several clubs across Europe, but Arsenal have made their interest known as they look to boost their attacking line.
Getty – Contributor0 Arsenal sent scouts to watch Trincao, but he has also caught the eye of Juventus and Wolves
It is unlikely that Arsenal will dramatically loosen the purse strings during this window, but Trincao could fit within their tight budget.
According to Tutto Mercato, scouts have been out to Portugal to watch the Braga striker in action and were impressed by what they saw.
Trincao hasn't secured a starting spot in the Portuguese club's first team, but he has been impressive for their B team and shone during the European U19 Championships last summer where he won the golden boot.
He is Sporting Braga's prize asset, but they are resigned to losing him to a bigger European club and are prepared to cash in on Trincao.
Getty – Contributor0 The Portuguese youngster impressed Arsenal scouts when they saw him in action
A figure of £13.5 million was floated for the frontman, who is under contract until 2023, but Arsenal may also face some stiff competition closer to home.
Earlier this month, Sunsport exclusively revealed that Wolves had entered the race to sign the Portuguese starlet.
Wolves hope Trincao’s links to agent Jorge Mendes as well as their own close relationship with him, could help sway things in their favour.
But Arsenal believe the youngster would have a bright future with them and know that his fee wouldn't break the bank.
Getty – Contributor0 Trincao has struggled to secure a starting spot in the first team, but has shone for the B team and for Portugual's U19 side
EPA0 Emery has made it clear that there is little, or no, money to be spent – but the youngster could fit within their tight budget
The Gunners have troubles of their own with their youth team, as they fear they will lose three top starlets to Germany after scouts were sent to their youth games.
A number of Arsenal's hottest prospects are being chased by Bundesliga sides with the promise of first team football and the young players are looking at the path that Jadon Sancho paved.
The North London side have also hit a bit of a slump and their crushing 5-1 defeat to Liverpool over Christmas, as well as their 1-0 loss to West Ham, has set off some alarm bells.
They cannot afford to splash the cash, but need to strengthen their squad to secure a spot in the Champions League next season.