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Arsenal now interested in defensive midfielder who has scored ten goals this season

Arsenal are reportedly preparing a bid to sign Dutch defensive midfielder who has 10 goals already this season

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Arsenal are reportedly preparing a bid to secure the services of Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners. The move signals the Gunners’ intent to bolster their midfield ranks amidst potential departures and increasing competition for talent.

Since the appointment of Mikel Arteta in December 2019, the club’s recruitment strategies have received praises as once-questioned players have demonstrated their value. With the likelihood of important midfielders like Thomas Partey, Jorginho, and Mohamed Elneny leaving, Arteta is eager to strengthen his team’s roster.

Teun Koopmeiners has emerged as a prime target for Arsenal, with the club’s scouts having monitored the Dutch defensive midfielder for the past three months. The 24-year-old’s impressive performances have also attracted interest from Italian giants Juventus, who seek midfield reinforcements.

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Arsenal could make a bid for Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners (Image credit: Getty Images)

However, financial competition from English clubs, including Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United, may pose a challenge for Juventus. Reports suggest that these Premier League sides are willing to offer substantial bids ranging from £42 million to £51 million (€50m-€60m) to secure Koopmeiners’ signature.

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Since joining Atalanta from AZ Alkmaar in 2021, Koopmeiners has showcased his prowess in midfield, with a contract extending until the summer of 2027. His ability to contribute defensively while also posing a goal-scoring threat has garnered attention, particularly his remarkable tally of 33 goals and 10 assists during his time at AZ Alkmaar.

Despite playing in a predominantly defensive role, Koopmeiners’ goal-scoring exploits have been noteworthy, with 10 goals scored for Atalanta last season and a matching record in the current campaign. Such statistics highlight his value as a multifaceted midfielder, surpassing the goal tallies of established attacking talents in the Premier League, including Martin Odegaard and James Maddison.

According to TEAMtalk, the Netherlands international has been scouted by Premier League clubs including Arsenal, while Napoli tried to sign him for £43million last summer.

Liverpool have also registered an interest in Koopmeiners, while Newcastle failed in their bid to sign the midfielder in January.

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