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Report: Arsenal handed transfer blow as RB Leipzig agree deal for Silva

Arsenal were given a transfer blow after Red Bull Leipzig agreed on a deal for Andre Silva, according to Bild.

Silva was high on the list of Arsenal’s targets, according to Duncan Castles.

The Gunners were reportedly in for the Portugal international as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette. The side needed to sell the Frenchman before making a move for the 25-year-old.

However, the Gunners’ transfer plans have been thrown into disarray after Leipzig’s approach.

According to reports, the outfit have agreed on a €23m (£19.8m) package for the striker. The star will earn €4m (£3.4m) per season during his time with the club.

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Silva was on fire last season, scoring 28 goals in the German top-flight, second to only Robert Lewandowski.

Cristiano Ronaldo labelled Silva ‘phenomenal‘.

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Laca-replacement: Arsenal handed a brutal blow amid Silva transfer talk

This summer provided Arsenal with their best opportuity to replace Lacazette. The former Lyon man seems to be edging towards the exit door with just a year left on his current contract.

And in the former Porto man, the club had identified the perfect replacement for the 30-year-old. But, Arsenal have been struck a blow after news of Silva moving to RB Leipzig.

The search for a new number nine has reached an impasse.

The need is imperative after last season’s failure from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his strik partner. Neither player scored more than 20 times across all competitions, meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah failed to provide sufficient competition.

News of Silva’s choice will hurt Arsenal, who will need to scour the market for more options.

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