Arsenal invite Hammarby forward Emil Roback to club ahead of potential transfer

Arsenal have invited 16-year-old Hammarby forward Emil Roback to the club for talks ahead of a potential transfer this summer.

However, the Gunners face competition from Bayern Munich for the teenager, who is regarded as one of the most talented young players to have come out of the Swedish club's youth system.

Hammarby's director of football Jesper Jansson confirmed that Roback had travelled to England to visit Arsenal, claiming there was "strong interest" from the Gunners in signing the Sweden under-17 international.

And he also said German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich had approached Hammarby about the player.

"We were contacted and know about the interest," Jansson told Swedish outlet Fotboll Direkt when asked about Bayern’s interest.

"He has also been to Arsenal. There’s a strong interest and there are more clubs as well.

Jansson added: "Yes, I understand the interest. He is a forward with a great physique and speed and already a skilled goalscorer."

Asked whether Hammarby had been in contacted directly by both Bayern and Arsenal over Roback, Jansson confirmed: "Yes, we have."

Hammarby scout Mikael Hjelmberg outlined what Roback would bring to the Gunners, describing him as quick, strong and a natural marksman.

"Emil is a forward with a very good physique," he said. "He has an extreme speed and is a natural goalscorer."

Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly set to welcome their players back through the doors of London Colney next Tuesday.

Sky Sports claim that Gunners players will return to training for the first time since being placed on self-isolation after the positive coronavirus test recorded by manager Mikel Arteta.

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