Aston Villa gave transfers a boost as the £ 40million striker claimed more than £ 40million
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly considering a January move for Youssef En-Nesyri and has told Arsenal’s board he is keen to sign the Sevilla forward despite being strongly with the shooter of Aston Villa Ollie Watkins.
England international Watkins has been the subject of speculation, which has linked him to a move away from Villa as Arteta seeks a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette.
The Sun reported that Watkins is on a transfer shortlist for the Gunners as well as Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Watkins was signed by Villa last year for around £ 28million, record club transfer fees as Dean Smith signed the player for the second time after buying him while at Brentford in 2017.
Watkins is Villa’s future and there is no need or desire to sell the player and the 25-year-old is unlikely to want to leave Smith and Villa.
The Gunners have spent a lot in the summer window, however, bringing in figures like Ben White and Martin Odegaard at a cost of over £ 150million.
Results have been mixed on the ground, but Emirates bosses are committed to Arteta’s forward-thinking philosophy and are ready to endorse other deals in the future.
With question marks hanging over the three first-choice forwards, Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arteta is on the lookout for other options, and En-Nesyri is said to be a potential target.
According to ABC Sevilla (via Sport Witness), Arsenal are one of six clubs to have made an offer for the 24-year-old Moroccan striker.
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Arsenal are said to be in favor of a deal, Arteta has reportedly told general manager Vinai Venkatesham he could be the “Gunners attack benchmark”.
Venkatesham, who has been UAE general manager since September last year, is said to have been happy to endorse a move for En-Nesyri, with the player himself rejecting an approach.