Arsenal face competition from Barcelona in the battle to sign CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, according to Russian agent Sandor Varga.

The Gunners have been monitoring the 21-year-old for some time, with his potential noted after making the breakthrough in his homeland.

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Arsene Wenger had Golovin watched throughout the 2017 Confederations Cup, with Varga among those asked to report back to Emirates Stadium.

Barca, though, have now entered the race for his signature, with the La Liga giants having had scouts in attendance at CSKA’s recent Champions League clash with Basel.

Varga told Sport Express on the clamour for Golovin and the possibility of him ending up at Camp Nou: “Why not? I see great potential in him.

“This summer, I watched Aleksandr a lot at the request of Arsene Wenger.

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“Once such clubs follow the player, it means there’s something there.

“Their scouting services don’t just watch them for fun.”

While being of the opinion that Golovin would not look out of place in Catalunya, Varga still believes that north London would be a more suitable destination for the talented playmaker.

He added: “It all depends on the manager.

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“I have full faith in Wenger. If Aleksandr gets to play under him, he’ll be very lucky.”

Barcelona are reported to be considering Golovin as a possible alternative to Liverpool’s Philippe Countinho – a man they pursued throughout the summer to no avail.

The youngster is now an established member of the Russia national team, with 15 caps to his name, and is fast closing in on 100 senior appearances at club level.

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