With a lot of doubt surrounding Arsène Wenger’s future at Arsenal, transfer rumours concerning the London club that are being published now might not have a lot of relevance were the French manager to stand down at the end of the season.

Nonetheless, the rumour mill never sleeps, and Marca in Spain claim the Gunners have been following Malaga’s Pablo Fornals ‘very closely’ this season.

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The 21-year-old central/attacking midfielder has impressed greatly in La Liga this season, scoring four goals and picking up two assists in 18 league appearances for the midtable side, and the newspaper explain Arsenal scouts have been bringing Wenger a lot of positive information about the youngster over the past few months.

Contracted to Malaga until the summer of 2019, Fornals’ current deal also has a release clause standing somewhere in between €10-12m, which would make him very affordable for the London club.

Of course, bringing a young Spanish midfielder in a summer where fans will likely be crying out for a couple of marquee signings would be a typical Wenger move, and one that might not go down too well were it to happen.

However, there’s no harm in scouting him.

After all, the French manager has managed to unearth a couple of unknown superstars in the past, has he not?