Arsenal scouts travelled to Braga to watch 20-year-old Bassem Srarfi on Monday night, as Portugal faced Tunisia in a friendly match.
French outlet Foot Mercato write that Arsenal scouts were in attendance for the match. According to their sources, the club came to supervise Srarfi, with the current transfer window in mind. The player ended up making a second-half appearance as a substitute.
Perhaps they were hoping to see him a bit more, but the scouts will get plenty of chances to watch Srarfi against tough opposition this summer. Tunisia are in a World Cup group with England and Belgium after all.
Srarfi is often touted as a young Mahrez, with some reports that Leicester want to sign him to replace the Algerian. The comparisons likely come because he’s also a left-footed player playing on the right-hand side, who loves to cut inside.
The wide-forward is slowly starting to break into the Nice team, with 26 Ligue 1 appearances this season. Although only 10 of them were starts.
Clearly he’s impressing with the French side though, as he made his debut for his country in March. Since then he’s appeared in each of Tunisia’s games, but always from the bench, so far.
We’ll see what head of recruitment Sven Mislintat makes of the player in the coming weeks.