Arsenal, Newcastle ‘follow in the footsteps’ of €30m-rated striker

Arsenal, Newcastle ‘follow in the footsteps’ of €30m-rated striker

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According to reports, Arsenal and Newcastle United are ‘following in the footsteps’ of Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri ahead of this summer.

Sevilla signed En-Nesyri from their La Liga rivals Leganes in 2019 for a fee in the region of €20m.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a stellar season in 2020/21 as he netted 24 goals across all competitions.

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The Morocco international has struggled with injuries this term as he has only played twelve times in La Liga.

Arsenal were linked with the forward earlier this campaign before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the club.

Spanish outlet Fichajes are reporting that Arsenal and Newcastle are both ‘following in the footsteps’ of the striker.

The report suggests that En-Nesyri ‘could definitely leave’ Sevilla this summer. They add that he will not be departing for a fee less than €30m.

Elsewhere, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has revealed technical director Edu is aiming to forge a working relationship with Watford.

The clubs are training-ground neighbours, both based in London Colney where Arteta’s side have their own facility next to the home of the Hornets, which was previously occupied by Arsenal.

The proximity of the bases would mean close ties would be easily made, with Arteta himself having trained over the hedge from Watford’s squad during his playing days with the Gunners.

Now there could be a more permanent relationship between the two clubs – who face each other at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon.

He said: “I had some friends there and it is very easy because after training you just crash with each other with the cars!

“So, I think it is great. That relationship should be stronger and stronger. I think, for example, Edu is doing some work on that to build those relationships because we are close.

“I think we can help each other in many ways as well and I think it is a positive thing.

“At least open the relationship and explore possibilities that we can have with our players, with their players.

“They are next door and we can compete against each other. But as well I think it is important to have good relationships and that’s the case I think.”

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