Man City & Arsenal battle to sign wonderkid set for £3.5m summer transfer

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Man City and Arsenal have joined the Europe-wide chase to sign Swedish sensation Armin Gigovic, Football Insider can reveal

The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the best young defensive midfielders in Europe and is already playing regularly for the first team of top-tier club Helsingborgs.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that City and Arsenal are both keeping close tabs on Gigovic as Mikel Arteta looks to beat old boss Pep Guardiola to landing the wonderkid.

Helsingborgs are aware of the growing interest in Gigovic and are willing to sell him for between £2.5-3.5m this summer.

The Swedish outfit recognise they are vulnerable to losing the rising star as his contract expires in 2021.

Gigovic is widely regarded as one of Sweden’s brightest young talents.

He is a Sweden youth international and has already made 14 appearances for Helsingborgs, where he is managed by the former Aston Villa and Juventus defender Olof Mellberg.

Mellberg, who spent seven years of his career in the Premier League, gave Gigovic his first-team chance last year and the midfielder has taken it.

As a result of his exploits, a host of clubs in Europe’s top leagues have been linked with moves for him.

He is also reportedly on the radar of teams in France and Russia, while there is said to be an interest from Wolves.

Man City and Arsenal have both invested heavily in top young talent in recent years.

In other Man City news, it has emerged that the club are working with Marcelo Bielsa over more summer transfers.

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