Arsenal Now Emerge as Frontrunners to Sign 36-goal Player and Teammate This Summer Amid Interest From PL Rivals

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It has been reported that Arsenal are positioned as the frontrunners in the race to acquire two players from Sporting CP this summer, players who have attracted interest from various clubs across Europe.

Viktor Gyokeres and Ousmane Diomande

These players are striker Viktor Gyokeres and centre-back Ousmane Diomande, both of whom have had impressive performances in the Primeira Liga this season. Their combined transfer fee is estimated at £156 million, reflecting their respective release clauses.

Pedro Sepulveda, a renowned Portuguese transfer expert, has indicated that Arsenal are currently leading the race to secure the services of Gyokeres and Diomande.

However, Chelsea have also expressed interest in signing both players, with reports from The Standard suggesting that the Blues have initiated contact regarding Diomande.

Todd Boehly faces a challenging task to bolster his team’s squad due to their delicate Financial Fair Play situation. To finance potential signings, a significant number of player sales are necessary.

Despite Sporting’s reluctance to negotiate favourable terms, the Premier League contenders have emerged as the frontrunners in the race for new signings.

After stints at Swansea and Coventry City, Gyokeres has enjoyed a remarkable season in the 2023/24 campaign. The Swedish striker has netted an impressive 36 goals in 41 appearances for his club, garnering attention from clubs like Manchester United.

Gyokeres possesses a release clause of £87 million and remains under contract until 2028, ensuring Sporting’s financial security regarding his tenure.

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However, despite their competitive performances in the league and Champions League, there’s a prevailing belief that Mikel Arteta’s team lacks a prolific goalscorer to propel them to greater heights. Consequently, Arteta is anticipated to pursue a world-class forward in the upcoming transfer window.

Diomande, the Ivory Coast international, is committed to Sporting until 2027, having arrived from Danish outfit Midtjylland in January 2022. Although he played a minor role in his national team’s recent AFCON triumph, he showcased his abilities during Sporting’s Europa League victory over Arsenal last season.

Despite the solid defensive partnership between William Saliba and Gabriel Maghalaes this season, and the imminent return of Jurrien Timber from injury, securing the services of the 20-year-old Diomande would be a strategic investment for Arteta’s long-term plans.

However, given Arsenal’s substantial expenditure exceeding £200 million in the previous transfer window, they also must offload players to comply with Premier League regulations.

Sporting Lisbon find themselves embroiled in a heated title race, leading their rivals Benfica by just one point at the summit of the league table. However, looming over their current success is the uncertainty surrounding the future of their two key players.

Manager Ruben Amorim has emerged as the frontrunner to take over from Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. Despite widespread speculation linking him with the Merseyside club, the 39-year-old has opted to remain tight-lipped about the potential move.

His popularity among both fans and players alike suggests that a switch to the English Premier League could further increase the likelihood of Sporting facing a mass exodus of talent in the summer.

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