Arsenal retain an interest in signing Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze, according to reports in the Italian media.
The Gunners are keen on strengthening their options out wide and it is believed that the Nigerian international is being considered, along with Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi and PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo.
Chukwueze has been linked with a move to the Emirates on and off over the years and the player has actually confirmed how close he came to joining the London club when he was younger:
“It was very close for me to sign for Arsenal, I almost had the contract in my hands. Unfortunately, it did not work out fine with my academy due to the side of agreement and payment. They did not agree with the terms of the contract. I was very happy thinking of signing and dreaming of playing for Arsenal, but my academy did not allow it to happen.”
Reports in Nigeria suggested Arsenal would only have paid around £4m to secure the pacey winger’s services. However, he has now worth a great deal more following his time in Spain.
It is believed that Chukwueze’s release clause is set between €80m (£67m) and €100m (£84m), although it’s likely that Villarreal would accept a lower amount.
Considering Raphinha would have cost £55m, it is reasonable to assume to Arsenal would be prepared to pay a similar figure for Chukwueze if they prioritise a move for him before the transfer window shuts.