Arsenal and Chelsea are both reportedly considering a potential move for in-demand Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah, who could leave the club at the end of the season.
The 20-year-old began his football career in the Arsenal academy before moving to LaLiga in 2019. Now Mikel Arteta wants him back at the Emirates.
However, Chelsea are also keen on the US international and recently hijacked Arsenal’s deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk.
That’s according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who claims that a move to the Premier League next summer is not out of the question.
Writing for CaughtOffside, He said: “Against other possible targets, a summer move is very possible for Yunus Musah.
“Inter, Chelsea and Arsenal are following him closely, but then it’s still January so let’s see if any other clubs join the race over the next few months.
“His price was around €40m in December but let’s see in the summer, too early to say now.”
Musah already looks like an excellent player but has the potential to be even better given his young age, so he could be a big signing if Arsenal or Chelsea can get a deal over the line.
However, as stated by Romano, Inter Milan are also keen on the midfielder, so it depends on whether Musah chooses to return to England or looks for another challenge in Serie A.
Musah perceived by three European giants thanks to sky-high potential
The American has become a key player for Valencia since joining the club in 2020. Overall, he has played 87 games for the Spanish side, scoring five goals and making three assists in total.
While these may not sound like incredible numbers, his strongest attribute is arguably his defensive work rate.
On average, Musah makes 1.9 successful tackles per game. game, as well as 0.6 interceptions, and his aggressiveness makes him an imposing figure on the field.
Musah is also versatile, with the ability to play as a central or attacking midfielder, as well as a right winger at times, allowing him to cover multiple positions for Mikel Arteta or Graham Potter.
According to Romano’s report, the Valencia man would likely cost around €40m (around £35.4m).
Arsenal could certainly do with some midfield reinforcements. Mohamed Elneny is being linked with a move to Aston Villawhile Thomas Partey has struggled with injuries at times despite being at the peak of his powers at the moment.
With that in mind, Musah could provide excellent cover for Partey and also has the potential to be his long-term replacement.
As for Chelsea, they look set to lose Jorginho at the end of the seasonwhile N’Golo Kante has also been linked with a summer move. It’s fair to say that Musah could be a valuable addition for both London rivals.
Arsenal will no doubt be looking for revenge after Chelsea hijacked their selection for Mudryk at the last minute. If Romano is right, the two London rivals could meet again this summer.
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