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Arsenal join race for Serie A creator who turned down Tottenham last year

Arsenal have joined the race for Udinese attacking midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, according to reports in Italy.

At the age of 26, De Paul seems ready for a big move. He has excelled in his four seasons in Serie A, scoring 25 goals in 146 games.

Seven of those goals came in the most recent Serie A season, in which De Paul also provided six assists.

Despite his contract still lasting until 2024, many in Italy feel this is the Argentina international’s best chance for a big move.

Indeed, Corriere Dello Sport (via Sport Witness) claim that AC Milan are seriously weighing up an offer. Juventus and Napoli are also keen on him.

However, the Italian paper adds that Arsenal have now joined the race. With doubts over the future of Dani Ceballos, De Paul could be an adequate replacement.

Originally a winger, De Paul has thrived in a more central role over the past year. The position has allowed him to maintain his levels of creativity; he contributed to more than one third of his side’s league goals in 2019-20.

Now, as Arsenal look to revamp their midfield, De Paul has emerged onto their radar.

Interestingly, he was linked with their rivals Tottenham Hotspur last year. De Paul chose to stay at Udinese because they wanted to keep him “at all costs”, though.


One attacking midfielder who has already signed up at the Emirates Stadium for next season is Willian.

The Brazilian was a free agent after leaving Chelsea, but has stayed in London to join their cross-city rivals.

Willian has signed a three-year deal with the Gunners. After the signing was made official, boss Mikel Arteta explained why he wanted to bring the 31-year-old in.

“I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us,” Arteta told Arsenal’s official website.

“We have been monitoring him for the past few months, we had a clear intention to strengthen in the attacking midfielder and the winger positions [and] he is a player that gives us a lot of versatility, he can play in three or four different positions.”

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