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Arsenal in race to sign Leandro Trossard

Arsenal could make a move for Leandro Trossard this month, according to reports…

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talkSPORT correspondent Alex Crook has revealed that the Gunners are “monitoring” the 28-year-old’s situation ahead of a potential swoop, though arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur also hold an “interest” in signing him.

Brighton and Hove Albion recently triggered a one-year extension in Trossard’s £40k-per-week contract to keep him at the club until 2024.

It remains to be seen how much the Seagulls would want for the Belgian international, especially as he was absent for their recent FA Cup win over Middlesbrough. CIES Football Observatory currently value him at around €20m (£18m).

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Perfect Mudryk alternative

A lot has been made of the north Londoners’ transfer plans, with attacking reinforcements seemingly high on the agenda – not only finding a solution to Gabriel Jesus’ injury but also providing further depth to the wide positions.

One of the heavily mooted targets is Mykhalo Mudryk, though reports suggest that Shakhtar Donetsk are holding out for a whopping £90m, which – you’d imagine – be a large chunk of the budget.

Trossard could be a viable and cheaper alternative and perhaps one that would be much more reliable, given his exploits in England already.

Indeed, the 28-year-old dynamo – who was once dubbed as a “wizard” by journalist Charlie Haffenden – managed to deliver eight goals and three assists in 2021/22 and has continued that free-scoring form into the current campaign, where he has already scored seven goals and laid on three assists, including an impressive hat-trick against Liverpool.

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Whilst Mudryk has gone toe-to-toe with Real Madrid in the Champions League, there is no knowing how the Ukraine wonderkid will adapt to the Premier League, and how quickly, given the Gunners are five points clear in the title race.

Trossard could slot straight in as a backup option to the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka – of which the former has been likened to the Belgian in terms of statistical profile, whilst Phil Foden and Wilfried Zaha are other comparable players, and both have their own unique links to Arsenal in some way.

Foden used to train under Arteta at Manchester City, whilst Zaha has often been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

Therefore in Trossard, sporting director Edu Gaspar could well find the perfect alternative to Mudryk this month as he would surely be available at a fraction of the price, given his £18m valuation.

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