Juventus have reportedly moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign teenage Genoa striker Pietro Pellegri.

Pellegri is being watched by several of Europe’s biggest clubs after he made a big impression in Serie A.  The 16-year-old came off the bench for Genoa to score twice against Lazio back in September, though he hasn’t scored a goal since.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have laid the groundwork for a deal in the summer. The teenager could cost up to £26m. They name Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Manchester City as the other clubs interested in him.

ODERZO, ITALY – OCTOBER 20: Pietro Pellegri of Italy U16 celebrates after scoring his opening goal during the international friendly match between Italy U16 and Turkey U16 at Stadio Opitergium on October 20, 2015 in Oderzo, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

It’s hardly surprising that a young Italian talent would want to join Juventus, nor should it be too surprising that Arsenal could miss out here given the asking price.

The Gunners have already spent £52m to bring a new striker in, and could spend even more on another this window if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joins from Borussia Dortmund.

The asking price for Pellegri is steep considering he’s barely played any first-team football. With a couple of good young strikers such as Eddie Nketiah and Tyreece John-Jules coming through the ranks, passing up on Pellegri might not be such a bad thing.