Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Andrea Belotti and Alban Lafont

Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Andrea Belotti and Alban Lafont
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Liverpool are reportedly planning a move for Arsenal transfer target Andrea Belotti, while Juventus have been keeping an eye on Toulouse starlet Alban Lafont, who could be the team's long-term replacement for Gianluigi Buffon.

According to Calciomercatoweb (h/t Daily Express' James Cambridge), the Gunners will face some major competition for Torino star Belotti, with Liverpool said to be preparing a £19.5 million summer offer.

The 22-year-old striker is a rising star in Serie A and has already scored five goals and added two assists in just six matches so far. He also found the net in Italy's 3-2 win over Macedonia, his first start for the Azzurri.

Here's a look at some of his highlights:

Belotti is a mobile target man with great instincts and technical ability. His scoring record as a youth was impressive, and it has translated to senior success since he moved from Palermo to Turin last summer.

He's already regarded as one of Italy's top options up front despite his relative lack of experience, and in all likelihood, he'll be the national team's choice striker moving forward, ahead of the likes of Mario Balotelli and Ciro Immobile.

BT Sport's Adam Summerton watched his performance against Macedonia, and he's a fan of the youngster:

 Torino don't have the financial might to turn down the Premier League's top clubs, although the reported £19.5 million offer likely won't be enough to tempt the club. Belotti is a rare talent who is progressing at a steady rate―his value will only increase, and Torino won't sell him unless a team comes up with a significant bid.

Per Matt Santangelo of Italian Football Daily, he is a special talent:
''As mentioned earlier, Belotti really is a dream attacker for any manager seeking versatility and endless possibilities. Sure, his left foot could use a bit of tender, love, and care, but remember, he’s still only 22. If I was writing this piece up a year ago, perhaps my evaluation of his weaknesses would have been more extensive. It’s brief and that’s because he has grown exponentially. Fulfilling his potential.''
The Gunners splashed the cash on 28-year-old Lucas Perez during the summer, but they would benefit from adding a younger option with tremendous upside who could be both an instant contributor and future star.

Liverpool have less of an attacking need given the strong form of Sadio Mane, but manager Jurgen Klopp has a tremendous eye for talent, and he's always looking for his next project.

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Elsewhere, L'Equipe (h/t Metro's Chris Davie) reports Juventus, FC Porto and Watford will rival Arsenal for the services of Lafont, France's next great goalkeeper prospect.

The 17-year-old is already Toulouse's regular starter and is widely regarded as a superb talent, with some even comparing him to AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma. While he lacks the technical refinement of the Italian stud, Lafont has similar freakish athleticism and reflexes.

Here's a look at some of his highlights:

Lafont is an intriguing prospect, but he's far from the finished product. He struggles containing shots and offers far too many rebounds, and he needs to work on the way he punches some shots back into danger as opposed to toward the sidelines.

Those are all things stoppers get better at as they gain experience, however, and he has a solid foundation to work with. With the right coach, Lafont has the potential to be a future starter for France's national team and one of the world's best.

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Juventus need to start planning for life after Buffon, and while they have promising youngsters like Nicola Leali and Emil Audero in their ranks, neither has the sky-high ceiling Lafont has.

Arsenal can count on veteran Petr Cech between the sticks, but he, too, is closing in on the end of his career, and the Gunners could use a youngster to groom as his replacement.

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