Arsenal keep tabs on Udinese's 8m-rated 'Colombian Ronaldo' Muriel
07:23 GMT, 26 March 2012
Arsenal are tracking Udinese forward Luis Muriel – dubbed the Colombian Cristiano Ronaldo.
Loan star: Luis Muriel has impressed on loan at Lecce
The 20-year-old has shone on loan at struggling Lecce this season, with Barcelona and big clubs in Italy also considering a summer move for him.
Sportsmail understands that Muriel is currently in the process of applying for a Spanish passport, which would negate the difficult process of him gaining a work permit to play in England.
He has yet to make his full international debut, but scouts were impressed by his performances at the Under 20 World Cup last year, where he struck four goals. He has found the back of the net, often spectacularly, five times for Lecce this season.
One to watch: Arsenal are keeping tabs of 8million-rated Muriel
Strong, fast and with a impressive dribbling ability, he has been likened to Real Madrid star Ronaldo and appears to have the physical profile necessary for competing in England.
AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Napoli have all shown interest, but Udinese are likely to demand at least 8million for a player who cost them just 1.25m less than two years ago. Former club Deportivo Cali still own 30 per cent of his rights.