Arsenal could be barred from the deal for winger Bryan Gil as Sevilla seek to increase their release clause to more than £ 100million.
Gil, 20, has been put in the spotlight this season while on loan with Eibar. Los Armeros may be struggling in the La Liga relegation zone, but the talented wide has had an excellent campaign. Three goals and two assists saw him summoned to the Spanish team. And the youngster now has two caps after making his debut against Greece on March 25.
Not surprisingly, a few big clubs have started showing interest. And they don’t get much bigger than Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The two Spanish soccer giants are said to be enthusiastic and have spotted the starlet this quarter. The Gunners were linked earlier this year and it was believed then that a £ 43million release clause would be addressed.
And, according to the Spanish newspaper AS, Sevilla are eager to offer him new terms at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. Los Nervionenses want to tie him to a long-term deal and protect their asset with a huge new exit figure.
The report says his minimum release clause could be increased to between £ 86 million and £ 129million. It just might end Arsenal’s interest, as it would likely take up Mikel Arteta’s entire summer budget.
North Londoners also have plenty of options on the left. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emile Smith-Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli have all been used in this position this season.
The man nicknamed “Little Cruyff” would certainly be an exciting addition, but other areas of the pitch may be more pressing.
Gil, a luxury Arsenal can’t afford
It seems certain that Arteta will be looking to revamp his squad during the offseason. The current situation in the middle of the table is clearly not good enough for the club and there will be players who leave.
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit recently evacuated his spleen on the players. And only four escaped the wrath of the French World Cup winner.
“For me, if you look at the last two or three seasons, how many players are free from criticism? Three or four, probably, ”he said via the Evening Standard.
“Kieran tierney and Bernd Leno. I really like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe; the way Smith-Rowe plays really reminds me of Paul Gascoigne.
Gil may be on the radar but, according to Petit, it will take major surgery to turn things around in the Emirates.
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