Arsenal are pushing to sign Swedish striker Emil Roback and even invited the teenager over to visit the club, according to Hammarby sports director Jesper Jansson.
Jansson claims Arsenal are one of a number of major clubs following Emil Roback. Speaking to Fotboll Direkt, the director specifically confirmed interest from Bayern Munich and Arsenal.
“They contacted us and we know about their interest,” Jansson said. “He has also met Arsenal. There is a strong interest and there are more clubs (after him) as well. He has also been to visit Arsenal.
“Yes, I understand the interest. He is a forward with great physique and speed and already a skilled goalscorer.”
Jansson also confirmed that both Bayern and Arsenal contacted Hammarby directly.
Roback is a 16-year-old centre-forward, standing at around 6’1″. He made the squad for Hammarby’s first-team fixture in the Swedish cup earlier this season. Though he’s yet to make his league debut, Jansson didn’t rule out that possibility this season.
Internationally, Roback is at u17 level with Sweden. He started the campaign with the u16s, but a hat-trick against Norway earned him a promotion to the u17 side. He then scored on his debut against Denmark in a friendly.
The Hammarby teenager then played in the u17 Euro qualifiers with his country in late September, but he didn’t add to his goal tally on that occasion.
Arsenal could perhaps use a striker at u18 level right now. Sam Greenwood is stepping up to the u23s, whilst Khayon Edwards is still with the u16s for the time being. Mostly, Alfie Matthews is filling the spot right now, but his future is uncertain.