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Transfer News: Arsenal close to completing transfer deal for Sporting Lisbon starlet Tiago Tomas

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Arsenal are reportedly closing in on an agreement to land Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Tiago Tomas in the summer transfer window.

Tomas, 18, caught the attention of Edu and Mikel Arteta while the pair watched over Sporting’s recent clash with Primeira Liga rivals Benfica, who the Gunners face in the Europa League round of 32 this month. The Portugal Under-19 international broke into Sporting’s first-team last season and has established himself as a regular in Ruben Amorim’s side this term, scoring four goals in all competitions.

According to The Sun, Arsenal technical director Edu was so impressed with Tomas that Sporting’s director of football, Hugo Viana, was approached shortly after the game to discuss a possible deal. The report suggests talks have reached an advanced stage and Sporting would be willing to consider a cut-price fee of £20million for Tomas’ signature, despite an eye-watering £52m release clause being inserted the new contract he signed in June 2020. The Portuguese league leaders have been hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic and Tomas’ sale would help balance the books.

Tomas has been tipped for future stardom in Portugal for some time and has shone at international level with the U17 side through to U19s. The teenage forward made three substitute appearances in the league last season before being handed his full Sporting debut in the side’s goalless draw with Vitoria Setubal. Arsene Wenger famously missed out on a young Cristiano Ronaldo, then of Sporting, before the Portuguese joined Manchester United back in 2003 and the north London club are determined to avoid a similar mistake being made with Tomas.

Speaking to the Liga Portugal Instagram account last month, Tomas said he was realising a ‘dream’ representing Sporting’s first-team this season.

‘It’s been a dream come true and I’m very grateful,’ the attacker said. ‘I’m so happy to have got here but I’m here because of the hard work I’ve done in training.’ 

On his relationship with Sporting head coach Amorim, Tomas added: ‘It’s a privilege for me. ‘He was the one who launched me and I just have to say thank you. ‘It has been great for me and for the youngsters in the squad. We have done a good job and he is helping us a lot.’

 

 

 

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Livestream: Arsenal vs Villarreal CF

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Villareal Is Defending Everything Arsenal is throwing their way, Will Arsenal break their wall an bang in goals, it a question that needed an urgent response from the Gunners..

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Arsenal vs Villarreal – Line-Up, Formations Kick Off Time Confirmed

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It’s One Of The Most Entertaining Game Of The Season, One That Will Renew Arsenal Champions League Hope Next Season, Or Mar It.

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Just In: Arteta backs “hungry” Auba, Emery wary of his former “killer”

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Mikel Arteta says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “hungry to do something” after returning to full fitness following a bad encounter with malaria.

After ending the last campaign as the club’s FA Cup-winning hero, the 31-year-old club captain, fresh from signing a big-money contract extension, was supposed to be the talismanic figurehead as his manager’s project stepped up a gear. It hasn’t worked out that way.

While 15 goals and 3 assists are nothing to sniff at, our striker’s goal tally is way down on what Gunners fans have been used to since he joined from Dortmund in January 2018.

With teammates not exactly picking up the slack, the lack of killer instinct has cost the team dearly on the domestic front and hopes of qualifying for the Champions League now hang by a thread.

While a number of factors have played a part in Auba’s hit-and-miss performances – off-field issues and a lack of creativity around him certainly haven’t helped – Arteta believes his striker is in the mood to put things right.

“You know Auba’s character, he’s someone really lively, always joking, always smiling,” said the boss ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg with Villarreal.

“He had a difficult season so many of us as a club and a staff try to support him as much as possible the way that the team did as well.

“When he had some personal issues they were right behind him. As I said before football gives you an opportunity. He’s in a good place right now and he’s very hungry to do something.”

He added: “Everything affects but you have to come through that. It’s about how you react to the difficulties in your career which you’re going to have at some stage.

“He had some this season and it’s about showing the direction and the capacity to overcome that.”

The importance of delivering on the pitch tonight isn’t lost on Aubameyang. In fairness, he’s done pretty well in big games since he joined and this is certainly one of those.

Reflecting on the job at hand, he said: “I am really excited to play this game tomorrow because it is a big game and it’s a big moment for all of us. Hopefully, we deliver again.

“For sure it will be one of [the biggest games of my Arsenal career]. Definitely this season is the most important game and we know that we have to win this game.

“It is a big opportunity for us to get to the final, we play at home and this is maybe the biggest game of my Arsenal career.”

Having worked with him for 18 months, former boss Unai Emery is certainly wary of the striker leading Arsenal’s attack.

“Aubameyang is a killer,” said the Villarreal coach on Wednesday. 

“He was, he is and he will always be. He has been through a process of being out of the team because of the illness he has had but he is back.

“He is there to work, to defend the team and give everything for the team, hoping he can perform at the top level and if that happens he is going to be very difficult to stop.

 

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