Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have joined Arsenal in the race for Pablo Fornals, according to reports.

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Pablo Fornals with the Spanish national team

TeamTalk claim in an exclusive that Arsenal face competition from Manchester City and Spurs for the 23-year-old Villarreal star.

They write that Fornals first caught Arsenal’s eye 18 months ago and the club considered a move in January. That didn’t end up happening, of course, presumably due to the financial restrictions in the winter window.

However, TeamTalk claim Fornals knows he could earn more by moving to the Premier League than any of his other options, and his €25m release clause is proving appealing to all three English sides. The Gunners reportedly see him as the ‘ideal replacement for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey’.

An established first-team regular with Malaga before paying his own release clause of £10m to join Villarreal in 2017, Fornals has four goals and four assists this season in 35 games. He’s an attacking midfielder with a strong shot from distance, who loves a tackle and is able to hold onto the ball well.

The Spaniard also currently wears the number 8 in Spain, a shirt which will be up for grabs in North London this summer.

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