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Arsenal considering bid for PSV duo

Gunners scout Peter Clarke was seen observing two PSV youngsters

By | 15th August 2013

Reports out of Holland suggest that Arsenal are monitoring PSV youngsters Georginio Wijnaldum and Zakaria Bakkali, and could be tempted to launch a double swoop for the pair.

According to Dutch football site Voetbal International and translated by The Express, Arsenal scout Peter Clarke, who the site claims is only dispensed to watch players that Arsenal are “extremely interested” in, was sighted at the Kyocera Stadion observing the duo in PSV’s league opener against Den Haag last week.

Twenty two-year-old Wijnaldum, who operates primarily as a play-making central midfielder but can be used as a winger as well, arrived at the Philips Stadion from Feyenoord in 2011 after becoming the club’s youngest player ever to feature in the Eredivisie at the age of 16 and 148 days. During his three seasons with PSV, the Dutch international has established himself as a key player in the team’s midfield core, scoring 38 goals and assisting 18 times in 98 appearances.

Bakkali, a 17-year-old winger, is considered to be one of the club’s brightest talents, having made his first team debut earlier this summer in a Champions League qualifier against Zulte Waregem and scoring his first goal during the second leg of the tie a week later.

The Belgian youth international continued his hot streak by netting his first professional hat-trick during a 5-0 win against N.E.C. Nijmegen on August 10th in only his second appearance in the Eredivise, becoming the youngest player ever to score a hat-trick in the league. His current statistics stand at a remarkable four goals in four appearances for the player who reportedly turned down interest from Manchester City two years ago to remain at PSV.

Although both players are gaining a reputation as first eleven figures for PSV, it seems unlikely that either would fancy a move abroad this summer, especially after recent performances for the club led to the pair being called into the Dutch and Belgian senior sides for yesterday’s international friendlies against Portugal and France.

With that in mind, interest from a team such as Arsenal might be enough to persuade the pair to cross the English Channel and start a new journey at the Emirates Stadium.

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