Arsenal ‘crazy’ about £93m attacking duo amid Leicester interest

Date published: Friday 8th October 2021 11:42 - Joe Williams

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Arsenal are interesting in signing Sporting forward Tiago Tomas and Villarreal winger Yeremi Pino, according to reports.

The Gunners splashed out a lot of money in the summer to bring in six new signings as Mikel Arteta continues his overhaul of the squad.

Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu all joined Arsenal in the summer.

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The young age of most of the recruits was a theme through the Gunners’ recruitment and it now looks they have their eye on two more youngsters.

Tutto Mercato Web claim that Sporting Lisbon starlet Tomas is one player Arsenal are keeping tabs on with Roma also understood to be in the frame.

The report adds that it is ‘especially Arsenal’ who want the forward with the Gunners ‘crazy’ about the youngster ‘considered the future of Portugal’s attack’.

He will ‘not move in January’ but the Premier League side could test the waters in the summer before Sporting attempt to tie him down to a new contract.

Sporting is ‘an expensive shop’ anyway with the Portuguese outfit unlikely to settle for anything less than his full €60m (£51m) release clause.

Meanwhile, Spanish publication Fichajes focuses on the ‘the explosion of Yeremi Pino’ and growing Premier League interest in the Villarreal starlet.

Pino came on in Spain’s 2-1 victory over Italy in their Nations League semi-final, playing 41 minutes for Luis Enrique’s outfit.

He earned the call-up after his impressive start to the new La Liga season, scoring a goal and providing three assists in six league appearances.

And it is those performances which have attracted interest from Arsenal, while fellow Premier League side Leicester City are also thought to be keen on Pino.

The Gunners and other English clubs are ‘very attentive to his evolution with a view to a possible signing for 2022/2023’.

Pino, who came through the youth system at Villarreal is reportedly valued at around €50m (£42m) by the Spanish club with Real Madrid also understood to be interested.

One signing who has already impressed at Arsenal is Aaron Ramsdale with the ex-Sheffield United man revealing the advice former England goalkeeper David Seaman gave him before the international break.

On Seaman’s advice, Ramsdale said: “Just to be myself.

“We haven’t worked with each other as such, but he came into watch training and we had a general chit-chat.

“I think I probably chewed his ear off about his career and about how my transfer to Arsenal was a similar situation to when he joined.

“I think he appreciates that he can give certain advice, but also that things have changed since he played.

“But hopefully further down the line we can have more conversations with each other and build up a relationship that way.”


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