By Will Butcher
Arsenal and Newcastle are keeping tabs on Sunderland wonderkid Joel Asoro as the striker continues to impress on the big stage.
At just 17-years-old, Asoro has already represented Sweden’s Under-21 side, and made his full Sunderland debut after coming off the bench to feature against Middlesbrough.
Swedish newspaper Expressen have claimed that the versatile forward was watched by Arsenal and Newcastle during Sweden’s European Under-21 Championship qualifier against Spain on Monday night.
According to the Evening Chronicle, the youngster has also caught the eyes of Europe’s top clubs. It was reported that the scouts of both Milan clubs, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, Villareal and Lyon were also in attendance as Asoro’s side drew 1-1 with Spain.
Asoro joined Sunderland from Swedish side IF Bromma in 2015 and is under contract until 2019 at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland’s number 29 made history as the youngest Swede to ever play in the Premier League when he came off the bench to replace Duncan Watmore, before seeing out the full 90 minutes against Shrewsbury Town in the EFL Cup.
When asked about the amount of interest in his services, Asoro told Swedish TV Station, TV 12: “I’m not surprised by the fact that many scouts were there to see such a beautiful match. I do my job, we’ll see about the rest later on.”
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