Arsenal have lined up on-loan Serie A side Sampdoria goalkeeper Emil Audero as a possible target this month in lieu of replacing Petr Cech, who earlier announced that he will be retiring at the end of the of the present season.
After joining the Juventus youth academy in 2008, Audero signed his professional contract with the club in 2015 when he turned 18. However, he made only a single appearance for the club, and has since been loaned twice to Venezia in July of 2017 and to Sampdoria next July, where he presently is.
With Audero’s present deal about to run out come summer, Juventus fear letting their now third choice keeper go on a free, as former Arsenal goalie Wojciech Szczesny blocks his path into the Bianconeri’s starting XI.
But seeking more play time might be Audero’s top priority, owing to which, the 22-year old Italian might not extend his stay in Turin. Having impressed heavily between the sticks for fellow Serie A side Sampdoria since his arrival, the club will be hoping to retain Italy’s youth team’s goalkeeper on a permanent basis.
However, Arsenal will be hoping to reinforce their options in the goal alongside summer signing Bernd Leno, and are interested on signing Audero this month, despite head coach Unai Emery saying the north London club had shortage of transfer funds and could only afford players on loan for the duration of the present transfer window.
Alongside the prospect of having Audero, the Gunners were formerly reported to have been keen on signing Real Madrid’s three time Champions League winning galkeeper Keylor Navas who has lost the vote of favor at the Bernabeu since the arrival of former Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois.