Arsenal’s summer business may not be done quite yet, as reports in Italy suggest the Gunners could still move for RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg.
Calciomercato write that Leipzig are pushing for the permanent sale of the 26-year-old, rather than allowing him to leave on a loan with an option-to-buy. AS Roma are reportedly interested, but Calciomercato don’t rate the chances of that move materialising very highly.
Forsberg also reportedly likes Juventus, but the Serie A side are so focused on the potential signing of Cristiano Ronaldo that they’ve allowed other clubs back into the mix. That includes Arsenal in particular, according to the Italian outlet, who they say are ready to ‘take advantage’.
The playmaker told Swedish media last month that he’s ready for ‘the next big step’ in his career, and dreams of playing for the biggest clubs in the world, further fuelling the speculation that he might leave Leipzig this summer.
In May, we heard from Germany that Forberg’s agent was planning talks with Leipzig before the World Cup, but clearly they didn’t get anywhere. Now the tournament is over for Sweden, things will probably start to move more quickly.
I’m still not convinced Arsenal have room for Forsberg, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Özil already in the squad. We’ll see how things progress though.