Arsenal, Newcastle target ‘Serie A sensation’ – offers to go in this summer

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal target Rafael Leao

According to reports, Arsenal and Newcastle are interested in signing AC Milan ‘sensation’ Rafael Leao.

Arsenal did not sign anyone in January, despite them being in the market for a new striker.

They targeted Dusan Vlahovic, but he ended up signing for Juventus from their Serie A rivals Fiorentina.

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Newcastle meanwhile were busy as they bought the likes of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood. They also signed Bruno Guimaraes, who had previously been linked with Arsenal.

Leao has had spells at Sporting Lisbon and Lille but he has been with AC Milan since 2019.

The 22-year-old has provided ten goals and six assists from his 26 appearances across all competitions this season.

Fichajes are reporting that Arsenal and Newcastle are keen to sign the ‘sensation’. They are said to have ‘knocked on his door’.

The winger is under contract until 2024 and the report adds that the two clubs intend to make an offer for him this summer.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are ready to beat Aston Villa to the signing of Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to reports in Spain.

The Barcelona loanee has two goals and two assists in four appearances since moving to Villa Park last month on loan from Barcelona.

His performances haven’t gone unnoticed by other Premier League clubs with Villa inserting a £33m optional clause to make the deal permanent in the summer.

Spanish publication Fichajes claims Arsenal and West Ham are the two Premier League teams looking to hijack any potential permanent move to Villa.

Barcelona are still thinking about ‘retaining’ Coutinho after this season, while they could even attempt to sell him ‘to a team that pays better’ than Villa’s £33m clause.

Arsenal and West Ham are said to be ‘extremely interested’ in purchasing Coutinho in the summer and the two clubs ‘will have to talk to Barcelona and advance processes if they want to take the player out of [Steven] Gerrard’s hands’.

The report adds that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta ‘seems to be in love with the player’ as his ‘style of play’ suits the Spaniard’s football philosophy.