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British club desperate to sign Arsenal player who is wanted abroad

One British club is desperate to sign an Arsenal player who is a target for many European clubs ahead of the summer

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Wrexham FC, under the ownership of Hollywood duo Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, are gearing up for an ambitious transfer window following their consecutive promotions. At the top of their wishlist is Arsenal loanee goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo, whose stellar performances have been instrumental in their recent success.

The 22-year-old shot-stopper has been a standout for Wrexham this season, making 34 appearances in League Two, boasting an impressive record of 13 clean sheets while conceding just 29 goals. Okonkwo’s contributions have played a pivotal role in securing an automatic promotion spot for the Welsh side.

Despite Okonkwo’s evident potential, Arsenal have decided to let him go this summer as his contract with the Gunners is set to expire in June, with no plans for an extension. This presents Wrexham with an opportunity to secure his services on a permanent basis, with the goalkeeper available on a free transfer.

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However, Wrexham face stiff competition from clubs in the Premier League and the Championship, as well as European sides who have shown interest in Okonkwo, given his previous successful loan stint at Austrian club Sturm Graz.

Despite the financial challenges typical of lower league clubs, Wrexham holds an advantage with greater financial resources than most. Okonkwo’s inclusion in the League Two Team of the Season underscores his value to the team, seamlessly filling the void left by former Wrexham goalkeeper Ben Foster.

While Wrexham currently pays less than half of Okonkwo’s reported £2,500 per week salary at Arsenal, the club is hopeful of meeting his wage demands to secure his signature. Okonkwo himself has hinted at a potential stay at the Racecourse Ground, expressing pride in his achievements with the club and leaving the door open for future negotiations.

“It has been an incredible season, and I am so proud of the team, the staff, and everyone around the club for having the trust in me and allowing me to show what I can do,” Okonkwo remarked in a recent interview, reflecting on his time at Wrexham. “We will see what happens in the future.”

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