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Arsenal interested in Salzburg's Champions League hat-trick hero Erling Braut Haaland

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Norwegian striker Haaland became the third-youngest player to score a Champions League hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Genk on Tuesday, behind Raul and Wayne Rooney.

Football.london (opens in new tab) reports that he caught the attention of Gunners (opens in new tab) scouts when he found the net during a 5-1 win away to Tyrol recently.

The Premier League side are said to have registered interest in Szoboszlai over the summer, who was also on target against Genk.

The outlet believes that Arsenal’s initial approach was made with a view to a permanent move taking place at the end of the 2019/20 campaign, allowing the midfielder to accumulate experience with Salzburg before taking the step up to a top European league.

However, the likes of Juventus (opens in new tab) and Inter Milan (opens in new tab) could challenge the Gunners for the 18-year-old’s signature.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.