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Report: Mikel Arteta wants to bring ‘phenomenal’ £12.7m forward to Arsenal this summer

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Report: Mikel Arteta wants to bring ‘phenomenal’ £12.7m forward to Arsenal this summer

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker Diogo Jota this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Mikel Arteta faces an important summer in wake of a difficult season at the Emirates Stadium and could look to rebuild and reshape the Gunners into a team challenging for trophies.

Jota has been a crucial player for Wolves since his initial loan switch from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2017, made permanent for 14million Euros (£12.7million), according to the Birmingham Mail.

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To date, the 23-year-old has registered 43 goals and 19 assists in 120 appearances for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, with 15 goals and six assists coming this season alone, according to Transfermarkt.

Last month, Wolves captain Conor Coady told the official club website about his teammate: “We know Diogo scores goals, but it’s everything else that he brings to the team; everything out of possession, how hard he works to win the ball back.

“We saw it numerous times against Norwich, where he’s collecting the ball in his own half and running the full length of the pitch to get us up the field, so he’s a phenomenal footballer and it’s a pleasure to have him here.”

 

Arsenal are believed to be looking at wide attackers and Jota, who can play on the left of a front three or as part of a two-man strike partnership, is believed to be high on the Gunners’ wishlist.

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Jota has shown he is one of the Premier League’s brightest talents and, at just 23 years old, the Portugal international is only just getting started for club and country.

With great pace, vision and ability to carry the ball and commit defenders, not to mention superb passing and shooting skills, the versatile attacker seems a great fit for Arsenal.

However, given Atletico are reportedly due a tranche of any transfer fee, Wolves – who aren’t in any need of selling – will most likely play hardball and command a huge fee for his services.

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