Arsenal have reportedly lined-up two young talents with Sven Mislintat identifying Rennes’ Ismaila Sarr and Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz according to the Mirror.
Darren Wells, who wrote the article, does not give much information at all about the club’s interest in the players, simply saying, “Gunners head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is already well ahead with his plans for the future, and Mirror Football can reveal that winger Sarr and midfielder Havertz are in his sights.”
So who are the two youngsters?
This isn’t the first time Arsenal have been linked with Sarr as we covered reports back in September.
The 20-year-old Senegal star impressed in Russia during the summer’s World Cup and, as a result, has brought the scouts of some of the world’s biggest clubs to his door.
The 5ft 11 right-footer, who prefers to play on the left wing, is valued at around £12.6m, however, early reports claimed that he could cost almost double that at £20m.
Sarr has three goals and one assist in 10 appearances so far this season.
It’s also not the first time we’ve been linked with Havertz with reports back in March claiming Arsenal’s scouts reportedly watched the ‘sensational’ Bayer Leverkusen youngster, who mainly plays as an attacking midfielder, before Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving.
Under contract until 2022, Havertz moved to Leverkusen’s youth setup when he was just 10-years-old and is now regarded as one of the best young prospects in the country.
Leverkusen are, of course, reluctant to sell one of their young stars but it looks as if they will be fending off offers from a number of top clubs.
The 6ft2 midfielder, who uses his height to great effect, has scored four and created three in 10 appearances this season.
While his defensive contribution leaves a lot to be desired, his ability on the ball and eye for a key pass makes him a very exciting player who can also play deeper and on the wing.
In fact, experts believe that his position as an attacking midfielder is not entirely settled even though Havertz names Mesut Ozil as a role model.
He’s not the only one to see similarities. Leverkusen sporting director and 1990 World Cup winner, Rudi Voller, said last year, “Kai’s a bit like Mesut Ozil, the way he strokes the ball, and the composure to make things look easy.
“He just has the gift, especially with his left foot. His ball control is just sensational.”
Aged just 17 years and 126 days when he made his debut, Havertz is the youngest player to ever play for Bayer Leverkusen’s first team.
He was also a substitute in their game against Tottenham at Wembley in the Champions League. Leverkusen finished as runners-up in their group, three points ahead of Spurs.
Havertz, still only 17 at the time, missed Leverkusen’s last 16, second leg defeat due to his A-Level exams.