Arsenal are reportedly plotting a bid to sign Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku after missing out on the midfielder in 2019.
Nkunku, 22, has quickly settled into life in Germany since his £12million switch from Paris Saint-Germain to Leipzig ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, racking up six goals and 19 assists in his opening 55 league games.
But Nkunku is attracting interest from all corners of Europe with his outstanding performances in the Bundesliga and could soon be on the move again, with Lyon and a host of Premier League sides keeping close tabs on the Frenchman’s performances.
According to German publication SportBILD, the prospect of landing Nkunku is ‘exciting’ several English teams, including Arsenal, who are ‘dealing’ with the former PSG star.
However, the report claims Leipzig are in no rush to part with Nkunku and have set a hefty asking price of €40m (£35m) for their prized possession, who is tied into a contract until 2024.
Arsenal were priced out of a loan deal for Nkunku back in January 2019, when Unai Emery was on the hunt for midfield reinforcements.
Emery knew Nkunku well from their time together at PSG and Arsenal returned with another move for the youngster in the following transfer window, only to be beaten to the signing by Leipzig.
New head coach Mikel Arteta has made it clear he’s looking to strengthen in the middle of the park and is known to be an admirer of Nkunku – but it appears Houssem Aouar remains the club’s priority target.
Arsenal’s pursuit of the Lyon playmaker ended in failure this summer and the club are expected to revive their interest at the end of the season once Mesut Ozil’s wages are off the books.