Arsenal have joined the growing race to land Ajax winger David Neres this summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.
They report that Neres is wanted by Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Everton and now the Gunners have taken a shine to the man who continued an impressive season by netting Ajax’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
He will apparently command a transfer fee of at least £34.5m, can play on either flank and is ‘expected to leave’ this summer.
With such hot competition for his signature, perhaps Arsenal’s hopes of winning the race rest on whether they can qualify for next season’s Champions League, either through finishing in the top four or winning the Europa League.
Arsenal oversaw something of an exodus in terms of wide players last season as Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez all left the club.
And while some of those departures may have been merited, they created gaps in the squad out wide that have still not been filled.
Alex Iwobi gets a harsh rap from the fans – he is a better player than many seem to think and will only get better – but Neres has shown this season he is on another level to the Nigerian international.
Neres would add pace and thrust to a Gunners side that is perhaps overloaded with central playmakers and centre forwards at the minute, and winning the race for one of Europe’s hottest talents would be a signal of their intent.