The summer transfer window may have come to a close, but the rumor mill never takes a break. January is the next window on the minds of club transfer gurus everywhere, who are looking for serviceable acquisitions that would abet their respective sides and at reasonable prices.
And nothing ticks those checkboxes more than a rising prospect. As reported by Football London, Arsenal, alongside Premier League rivals Tottenham and Burnley, are keeping tabs on Middlesbrough’s fledgling center-back Nathan Wood.
The 17 year old is reportedly valued at 9 million British Pounds by his Championship-competing employer.
Does it make sense?
If you peruse Arsenal’s transfer business last summer, then their interest in another prospect makes complete sense. Arsenal have been stripping their squad bare of dispensable, peripheral and aging players such as Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nacho Monreal.
The total average age of their current roster is the youngest amongst Premier League teams, which intimates a desire to look towards the future by bringing up or even signing talent of high-quality and potential like William Saliba and Kieran Tierney.
The club have even been heavily-linked with Red Bull Leipzig’s defensive prospect Dayot Upamecano and had a mooted, colossal bid rejected by the German outfit. All things considered, their perceived interest in another young prospect is perfectly in-line with their revamped transfer strategy, and so this report may have well have legs and may not be that far-fetched.