A late Arsenal move for Raul de Tomas to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is unlikely with Espanyol saying Arsenal called but a deal won’t be happening.

Espanyol's Spanish forward Raul de Tomas celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Spanish league football match between RCD Espanyol and Real Betis at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on January 21, 2022. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
Espanyol’s Spanish forward Raul de Tomas celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Spanish league football match between RCD Espanyol and Real Betis at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on January 21, 2022. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Football.London report that Raul de Tomas is unlikely to join Arsenal on transfer deadline day. The player’s representative has told Chris Wheatley it will be very difficult to finalise a late transfer.

This was backed up by Espanyol’s director, Jose Maria Duran, telling Esport3, “Arsenal called for Raúl de Tomás but we didn’t even want to talk. We won’t let him go now, no way. His release clause is €75m”.

Sportitalia had reported early on Monday morning that Arsenal would look to bring in the striker after finalising the loan departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Spanish outlet AS then added that de Tomas was one of Arsenal’s strongest remaining options to strengthen their attack, and the transfer could be unlocked by the Aubameyang loan.

At this stage, that seems to be wishful thinking more than anything else.

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The Athletic reported last week that despite links between Arsenal and the 27-year-old, the Gunners were not currently pursuing that deal.

De Tomas has 12 goals and two assists in 23 appearances in La Liga and the Copa del Rey this season, after scoring 23 goals in Spain’s second tier last campaign.

He also made his debut for Spain in 2021.

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