Arsenal have had scouts watching Genoa defender Armando Izzo as Arsene Wenger gears up for the January transfer window, report the Metro.
The Gunners chief has commissioned representatives to run the rule over the 23-year old, with reports in Italy suggesting they watched him during the Serie A tie with Napoli.
Izzo spent the majority of his early career in the lower leagues of domestic Italian football, but has impressed since moving to Genoa last year.
If reports are to be believed, Emirates scouts watched him help deny the likes of Gonzalo Higuain in a 0-0 stalemate earlier this month.
Portuguese giants Benfica are also understood to be viewing the player, providing competition in the race to secure him.
Wenger has previous when signing little known defenders from the continent, as he brought in Laurent Koscielny from Lorient in 2010, who had plied his trade in the lower leagues of France previously.