Arsenal decide on amount for opening bid to snap up Sporting ace

Last weekend, several reports from Portugal detailed English giants Arsenal’s desire to get ahead of the competition for Sporting Lisbon star Tiago Tomas.

It was also explained manager Mikel Arteta and the club’s technical director, Edu Gaspar, were fans of the 18-year-old prodigy.

A Bola looks at the interest from European sides in the Primeira Liga outfit’s players, including Arsenal and Tiago.

The report focuses on how the valuation of their stars has increased this season, in spite of not featuring in European competitions.

When discussing the gifted forward, the outlet points the Portugal Under-19 international’s valuation has increased from €2.5 million to €6 million. These prices are taken from Transfermarkt.

A Bola then explain Tiago’s current valuation is still far from the €23 million figure that is ‘already guaranteed’, with the Gunners prepared to pay to stay with the rising star.

A Bola then follows it up by stating that it is also known that these deals have other standards in mind, which trigger the difference between the determined market value and which is then settled between sides.

It’s not been made clear if the north Londoners have guaranteed to pay €23 million or if Sporting have been told the Premier League club are ready to offer that figure for the forward.

Either way, as per the aforementioned outlet, the Emirates Stadium side are ‘willing to pay’ €23 million.

In other news, Manchester City continue their march towards regaining the PL title as they beat Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola’s team have won their last 18 matches across all competitions, including 13 in the league to move 10 points clear at the top of the standings and 25 points above the Gunners, who sit 10th.

Arsenal handed boost in pursuit of Bournemouth sensation

Arsenal are leading the hunt for Ajani Burchall this summer, with the 16-year-old allegedly rejecting a new contract with Bournemouth.

The Sun report that gifted winger Ajani Burchall has snubbed a scholarship deal with the Cherries, meaning he will be available for no more than a training compensation sum in the summer.

The Gunners are reportedly at the head of the queue for the ace, who is also drawing interest from multiple other Premier League clubs.

He made his senior debut for Bournemouth in last year’s December, coming off the bench late versus Huddersfield.

That was just a month after Ajani turned 16. He made the matchday roster again later that month but has not yet made any further senior appearances.

Understandably, a senior team debut at such a young age draws some attention, even in England’s second division.

With Kido Taylor-Hart yet to pen a professional deal with the Gunners and a bit of a lack of natural wide attackers in the U23s, it’s very possible the club might look to bring one in over the summer.

Talking about contract extensions, meantime, Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell has reportedly rejected interest from Arsenal to pen a new long-term contract with the Eagles.

Having loaned Sead Kolasinac out to the Bundesliga side Schalke and lost Kieran Tierney to a calf injury, Arsenal were tipped to land Mitchell.

The Gunners didn’t strike a deal for the player, though, and The Mirror now claims that Mitchell has agreed to sign fresh deal at Selhurst Park.

Arsenal keen on signing Jupiler Pro League defender in £8.5m deal

Arsenal are keen on signing Club Brugge’s rising star Odilon Kossounou, who could become available for a sum of just £8.5 million, according to Mirror.

He himself favours a transfer to England, amid interest from Spain and Italy. The centre-half, who can also play as a defensive midfielder, has a contract with Brugge until June 2024.

However, the talent could be available for as low as £8.5m in the summer – making him a possible bargain for Arsenal, especially considering the player’s performances in Belgium.

Indeed, Odilon has emerged as one of the rising stars in Belgium, becoming an ever-present figure in the Club Brugge defence.

He has really stepped up in the absence of Stefano Denswil because of injury, with his defensive partnership alongside Brandon Mechele playing a key role in helping the club dominating the Jupiler Pro League this campaign.

Although the report from Mirror cites Odilon as a replacement for Dani Ceballos, perhaps because of his ability to operate in the defensive midfielder role, it appears the Club Brugge ace could be a better fit at centre-back.

At the age of just 20, Odilon, alongside William Saliba could offer manager Mikel Arteta a lot of prospect for the future, particularly with David Luiz nearing the final stage of his professional career, although the South American is set to be offered a contract extension at the club this season.

Both stars have room to improve but can offer some productive backup for first-choice centre-halves in Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz and Rob Holding.