Reliable Journalist Confirms Arsenal Are “Ready To Enter The Race” For Chelsea Target But There’s A Catch

Arsenal are interested in signing Feyenoord left-back Quilindschy Hartman, according to the Daily Telegraph reporter Mike McGrath.

The usually reliable journalist claims that the Gunners are “ready to enter the race” for the 22-year-old, with the club’s scouts firmly believing that he can excel in the Premier League.

Unfortunately, Hartman suffered a serious knee injury at the end of March, and he is not set to be back in action until the beginning of the New Year.

Even so, Mikel Arteta’s side are expected to keep a close eye on the Netherlands international’s recovery in view to making a bid for the defender in the future.

Hartman has already confirmed interest from a London rival

It was reported at the start of May that Chelsea had met with representatives of the player in London. Ironically, they came to see Arsenal thrash the Blues 5-0. Speaking about their interest a couple of weeks ago, Hartman said:

“In the last winter break, it had started. Then they came to Feyenoord, but there was already talk that I didn’t want it myself at that time. I had only just broken through and then only just started playing everything for six months. Also with the Dutch eleven, with the European Championship coming up.”

Hartman’s injury put the blockers on any potential move to Stamford Bridge this summer, but you can’t rule out Chelsea from challenging the Gunners for his signature next year.

Arsenal are also pursuing another Dutch defender

McGrath has also revealed that Ajax’s Jorrel Hato is being watched by the London club. The 18-year-old has established himself as a regular starter this season and he appears to have a big future ahead of him.

However, the fact that he signed a new contract very recently means it will cost a lot of money to secure his services.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.