English Premier League heavyweights Arsenal are reportedly monitoring rivals Manchester City's young Swedish striker, John Guidetti, who is on a good run of form at Dutch club Feyenoord where he is on loan for the season and is a major hit.
Guidetti, 19, who has netted 11 goals in 12 games for Feyenoord in all competitions since his move in the summer, has previously been targeted by European clubs like Inter Milan, Sampdoria, Lazio, Roma and even Ajax Cape Town (Dutch side Ajax's feeder club in South Africa). However, he snubbed them all to sign a three year deal with City, in 2008, when he was just 15.
Arsene Wenger, the Gunners' boss, who is believed to be considering a bid to sign the youngster, knows that City, under the management of Roberto Mancini, has a host of striking options like Bosnia & Herzegovina international Edin Dzeko, Argentine Sergio Aguero and Italian Mario Balotelli. Wenger must feel he therefore stands a chance of luring the Swedish Under-21 international to North London, in a similar manner to which Chelsea snapped up young England attacker Daniel Sturridge 18 months ago.
Guidetti, who still has three years left on his deal, may feel he has a good chance of breaking into the first team at Arsenal, a club known for their trust in youth players. In addition, the fact that the North London club lacks a strong striking option to support and on occasion relieve skipper Robin van Persie from his goal-scoring burden.
However, Guidetti, unlike Sturridge, will not be able to leave on a deal decided by a tribunal, which occurred in the Chelsea man's case as his contract had run out. No bid has been mentioned for the player thus far, according to a Caughtoffside report.