Speculation is rife that Arsenal could sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City.
The Gunners have been chasing James Maddison from Leicester City for most of the summer.
But The Mirror claimed on Saturday that Mikel Arteta is looking at the Sky Blues attacker as an alternative target.
Silva, who knows Arteta from the latter’s time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at the Etihad Stadium, has won three Premier League titles under the legendary coach and would certainly bring a trophy-winning experience to Arsenal, a club that hasn’t won anything except the FA Cup in 17 years.
One of Europe’s best?
Not only that, but the Portugal international – a £70 million signing in 2017 – would also provide some much-needed magic for a Gunners side that don’t create that many goalscoring chances.
At one point last season, Kieran Tierney, a left-back, was Arsenal’s most creative player and the addition of somebody like Silva could be just what the doctor ordered.
The 26-year-old helped Portugal to a Nations League title in 2019, winning Player of the Tournament in the process – and here’s what Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports at the time: “He now looks like one of the top players in Europe.”
With Jack Grealish having joined Guardiola’s side, there’s a very good chance that the former Monaco wizard will leave the club.
But whether or not he joins Arsenal is another question altogether.