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Ilias Akhomach has rejected an offer from Arsenal inorder to stay in Spain

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According to reports out of Spain, Barcelona forward Ilias Akhomach has rejected a “better financial offer” from Arsenal. This is in favour of a move to Villarreal, where he is now set to arrive.

The forward, who has featured for Xavi’s first team, has been praised in recent seasons for his sky high potential. That too with Las Palmas boss and former Barca B coach Francisco Javier García Pimienta holding Akhomach in very high esteem.

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Akhomach didn’t exactly have the best 22/23 campaign. That too by scoring just one goal in 23 league appearances for Barca’s youth side. But a fresh start might be needed for the youngster.

“He’s a cheeky, brave player with a lot of quality, but he’s only 16,” said the coach in 2020 (via Sport).

We have very young players and we can’t load them with too much responsibility.

What’s clear is that the academy is bringing through a lot of players and he’s one that we will have in mind this season, for sure.”

However, according to Sport, it appears Arteta and co may be resigned to missing out on their target. Indeed, the attacker is apparently set to arrive at Villarreal instead. That is despite receiving a “better financial offer” to join Arsenal.

Akhomach was convinced by the Villarreal project despite advances from both Arteta’s side and Leeds United. That is especially after considering their reputation for developing young talents. And ofcourse, offering them routes into the first team.

The 19-year-old believes he could be granted more opportunities under Quique Setién. It is believed he will be a new Villarreal player “in the coming days”.

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