Report: Arsenal move for Tiago Tomas in doubt
Mikel Arteta’s hopes of signing Tiago Tomas have been dealt a blow due to Arsenal missing out on European football, according to a report from The Sun.
Tomas is attracting attention after scoring six goals in all competitions for Sporting last season.
The Sun reports that Arsenal have been in talks with the Portuguese side for months. And it had seemed that they may be able to sign him for around £20 million.
However, it now appears that Arsenal may be about to miss out on the 18-year-old striker.
According to The Sun, Sporting are now determined to hold onto their best players as they prepare for next season’s Champions League.
It is also claimed that Arsenal missing out on European football for next year has done their hopes no favours.
Sporting in strong position as Arsenal chase Tiago Tomas
Sporting find themselves in an incredibly strong position should they decide to dig their heels in.
The Sun notes that Tomas has a release clause of £52 million. So if they are no longer willing to sell him for £20 million, they can demand that any admirer triggers his release clause if they want a deal.
That is obviously likely to put off any side hoping to complete a move.
He has shown a lot of promise this season, featuring in a number of positions across the forward line.
But if Arsenal spent months trying to agree a £20 million deal, it seems highly unlikely that they are going to show any interest in paying a lot more.
And the notion that Arsenal’s lack of European football may hurt their chances would suggest that Tomas may be less interested in a switch to the Emirates anyway.
Perhaps Tomas will go on to enjoy the kind of career that leaves Arsenal fans ruing not signing him. There is always the potential for these rumours to go down in folklore.
But it would be little surprise if they now look elsewhere in what is potentially a pivotal window for Arteta.
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