Arsenal were said to be one of a number of Premier League clubs vying for the signature of RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka, and it seems he’s told one of the others – Tottenham – ‘no thanks’.
South African outlet Far Post reported a few weeks ago that Arsenal had joined Liverpool and Manchester United in the race for Patson Daka this summer. Liverpool were said to leading the chase, particularly after the player’s impressive recent performance against them.
Now, a fourth side have been linked – Tottenham – but the player has no interest in joining Jose Mourinho according to the Evening Standard.
He’d rather stay in Austria.
Daka started in a friendly against Liverpool in August, scoring twice in the first half of a 2-2 draw. The 21-year-old certainly caught the eye against the Premier League champions.
The RB Salzburg man scored 27 goals in all competitions last season, assisting a further 12. He started the campaign behind Erling Haaland, but stepped into the limelight after Haaland’s departure to Borussia Dortmund.
Daka did particularly well post lockdown, directly contributing to 11 goals in 10 games.
You’d think Arsenal would only follow up their interest in the player if they sell Alexandre Lacazette this summer. Assuming the French international remains in North London, which seems likely, the Gunners don’t have the funds to spend big on a striker.
If he leaves, however, Mikel Arteta would probably want to bring a replacement in. A young and exciting striker like Daka could fit the bill nicely.