Arsenal are ahead of Tottenham in signing the £128m striker


Arsenal are currently leading Tottenham in the chase for an exciting new attacker who could set buying clubs back up to £128m this summer.

One of the key parts of Mikel Arteta’s time at the Emirates Stadium has been his ability to use players in different positions, a key contribution factor to their excellent Premier League form.

Summer signing Kai Havertz has played in central midfield or as a striker. While Thomas Partey however began the season at right back and Jakub Kiwior has been used at left back.

Arsenal fell Tottenham behind to sign the striker:

That comes in the form of Shakhtar Donetsk star Georgiy Sudakov, who has a whopping £128m release clause in his contract with the Ukrainian side. Fortunately, interested parties won’t have to pay that, with more recent reports suggesting that his price tag will be between 50m and 60m euros (£43m-£51.5m).

However, it also means that Serie A sides have also credited with an interest in the 21-year-old but aren’t exactly flush with cash. They are unlikely to be a serious threat in the race, leaving a Premier League move more likely.

Tottenham have shown interest, but it is north London rivals Arsenal who are now “the first suitor from England” according to the most recent reports, with the Gunners having “entered the dance” for the youngster and causing worry for the other suitors.

Shakhtar boss Sergei Palkin has however already confirmed that he will be listening to offers for his star, admitting that Sudakov “will definitely” leave this summer.

“This summer window, he has a big chance to move to some big clubs. We have had some contacts with big clubs and some are not negotiating with us directly but are getting a feel for the summer environment.

“He will definitely move to a top European club this summer. When I was at Chelsea versus Everton on Monday, many people asked me about Sudakov.”

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