Arsenal send scouts to watch Italian centre-back

Arsenal are reportedly monitoring Atalanta centre-back Gianluca Mancini ahead of the January transfer window.

Despite adding the likes of Sokratis and Stephan Lichsteiner to his defensive options this summer, boss Unai Emery is reportedly keen to further bolster a defence that has conceded 15 times this season, three times the amount of leaders Manchester City.

One man targeted, according to The Sun is Italy youth international Mancini, who has impressed in Serie A this season.

Scouts from Arsenal reportedly watched on Sunday as the 22-year-old scored in Atlanta’s 4-1 win over Inter Milan, remarkably his fourth goal in just 11 appearances this season.

The defender’s form has attracted interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs, with Emery’s men likely to have to battle Inter Milan and Roma for his services, whilst Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with an interest in taking Mancini to the Bundesliga.

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