Arsenal have opened negotiations with Emil Forsberg’s representatives over a summer move, according to the Swedish media.
Swedish outlet Expressen writes that Arsenal have had several meetings with Hasan Cetinkaya, Forsberg’s agent. Unai Emery is reportedly particularly keen on the 26-year-old. Atletico Madrid and Juventus have also had conversations with his representatives.
The problem is that RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick doesn’t want to sell. As a result, the German side won’t even consider an offer for less than £50m. Forsberg has a contract until 2022, so they can force him to stick around for the next four years if they want to.
Earlier this week, reports in Italy suggested Emery had given his approval for Arsenal to move for the playmaker, so this isn’t the first we’ve heard of interest from North London.
The club also made a bid for Emil Forsberg last summer, and the Swedish international reportedly still really wants to come to the Premier League.
The speculation surrounding the player unsettled him this campaign, and affected his form. After eight goals and 22 assists in 31 matches last season, he only scored five goals and provided four assists in 33 appearances this time around.
If he could get the move he clearly wants and settle in a new team, perhaps he could regain that 2016/17 form. At over £50m though, I’m not sure whether Arsenal can afford him.