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Arteta plots masterstroke signing as Arsenal make ‘enquiry’ over Dortmund star; Leicester ‘very hot’ on him

Karim Adeyemi, Felix Passlack and Mahmoud Dahoud of Dortmund

Mikel Arteta could complete a very shrewd piece of business for Arsenal this summer after he instructed the club to get involved in the chase for a free agent also wanted by Leicester City.

Arsenal brought in three new players during the January transfer window to aid their Premier League title push. Winger Leandro Trossard, midfielder Jorginho and centre-back Jakob Kiwior all arrived at the Emirates. Trossard and Jorginho in particular look set to play an important role as Arsenal aim to hold off Manchester City’s charge.

While Arsenal are in a great position to make the 2022-23 season a successful one – they are also through to the Europa League last 16 – Arteta knows more reinforcements will be needed in the summer if the Gunners are to continue being at the summit of English football.

While left-back Kieran Tierney could depart, with two Premier League sides hunting him, Arsenal have begun looking into a deal for Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins. And a move for a new midfielder may also be on the cards.

As per Sky Sport Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg, Arsenal are among the long list of clubs interested in snapping up Borussia Dortmund’s Mahmoud Dahoud.

The 27-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of the campaign after Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl opted not to renew his contract.

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Dahoud’s availability makes him a very attractive signing for Arsenal. He is a player with plenty of experience at the top level who will not cost a penny in transfer fees. It could therefore be an absolute masterstroke if Arteta manages to take him to north London.

Arsenal have apparently made an ‘enquiry’ to Dahoud and his agent. They want to see if he would be willing to join them. He is yet to respond to their advances.

Arsenal in 10-club race for Bundesliga man

The trouble for Arsenal is that they are far from the only side eyeing up Dahoud. Plettenberg states eight teams, including Leicester, AC Milan and Napoli, are ‘very hot’ on his trail. Roma, Real Betis, Sevilla, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray make up the rest of that list. Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, have made an ‘enquiry’ just like Arsenal.

The German will currently be analysing the offers and deciding where to take the next step in his career. Whether he joins Arteta’s side will largely depend on how much he values game time and the stature of his next team.

At Arsenal, he perhaps would not be in the starting lineup every week due to the likes of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey. Arsenal are also aiming to snare Declan Rice from West Ham this summer, and that would make the competition for midfield places even more fierce.

Dahoud would get the chance to play for big trophies if he went to Arsenal, though.

Alternatively, the Borussia Monchengladbach academy graduate could decide that game time is his priority. If this were to happen, it would make sense if he went to a club such as Leicester, Sevilla or Betis, where he would be more likely to play every week.

Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is preparing to steal an £80m attacker from Arsenal’s grasp, according to reports.