Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is sending a senior scout to Italy this weekend to watch Afriyie Acquah after shortlisting him as a top-summer transfer target.
A confidential source at the Emirates revealed the defensive midfielder will be watched when Parma host Inter Milan in Saturdayâ€™s Serie A tie at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
â€˜â€˜It was concluded last week Monday that Acquah be scouted more aggressively due to his sterling form and irreplaceable qualities of Michael Essien,â€ the source told Africanfootball.com
â€˜â€˜We understand one of the senior scouts will be heading to Parma this week, on the instructions of Wenger [Arsene] to watch the midfielder.
â€œItâ€™s very certain that Arsenal will bid for him in the summer because the club see him as a relatively cheap substitute to the more established talents in his position.â€™â€™
This is not the first time that Arsenal want to look at the Ghana international midfielder.
Arsenal had announced a scout was to go the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to monitor him but he did not make Ghanaâ€™s list.
Acquah has been in superb form this season where he has made 14 starts in 23 appearances.