Arsenal have emerged as a strong contender in the pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain’s attacking midfielder, Xavi Simons, who is currently on loan at RB Leipzig.
The 20-year-old, a product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy, caught the attention with his impressive performances during a loan spell at PSV Eindhoven.
After completing a move to PSG in 2021, Simons sought regular game-time in his native Netherlands and delivered a stellar individual campaign in the 2022/23 Eredivisie. His remarkable statistics included 19 goals and eight assists, prompting PSG to trigger a £5 million buyback clause in his PSV contract.
Subsequently, PSG loaned Simons to RB Leipzig, where he has continued to showcase his talent. In the ongoing Bundesliga season, Simons has notched up four goals and seven assists in 17 appearances. However, uncertainty looms over his immediate future as PSG is yet to make a decision regarding the extension of his loan deal with Leipzig until 2025.
According to reports from German publication Sport Bild, Arsenal are closely monitoring the situation, joining the ranks of other interested clubs such as Inter Milan and Simons’ former side, Barcelona. Despite the interest, no formal approach has been made by any of these potential suitors.
Arsenal, in their quest for attacking reinforcements, are specifically prioritising the acquisition of a top-class center-forward. Players like Brentford’s Ivan Toney, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, and Newcastle’s Alexander Isak have been heavily linked to the Gunners.
Manager Mikel Arteta, in a recent media interaction, acknowledged the challenges of making signings before the January transfer deadline.
He stated, “That’s a possibility. We’re open for the transfer market, but the emphasis is on making the most of the players we have. We’ll work with the club to understand if there are any possibilities and whether we have any good options. But first of all, we will focus on the players we already have.”