Arsenal, Leeds attacking target confirms Prem move talks are underway

Date published: Friday 12th February 2021 11:15 - Robert McCarthy

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Arsenal and Leeds transfer target Manor Solomon has revealed that talks are underway over a move from Shakhtar Donetsk to the Premier League this summer.

The 21-year-old winger has been the subject of plenty of speculation since joining Shakhtar from Maccabi Petah Tikva in 2019.

The attacker was strongly tipped to join the Gunners in January, although Leeds were also credited with an interest.

The Israel international is not exactly playing his cards close to his chest over a move. Indeed, he admits that discussions have been held over a lucrative switch to England.

“There are talks with teams from England,” Solomon told Israeli publication Sport5 (as cited by Metro). “There are things that can happen in the summer.

“My dream is to play in England and it also seems to be the most realistic option for me, and teams in England can pay.”

Solomon’s agent, Ronen Katsav, spoke back in January about a move for his client, telling Israel’s Radio 5: “I think the bigger transfers will happen in the summer, because January is always corrections.

“Secondly, the corona is affecting, and things will be clearer in the summer than now. But anything can happen.”


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City switch fell through

The highly-rated forward actually came close to moving to Manchester City before heading to Ukraine. Indeed, a deal looked likely until Solomon’s club priced him out of a switch to the Etihad.

“They really wanted me and I had a meeting with them but unfortunately it did not work out,” Solomon told The Guardian.

“My owner in Israel demanded a lot of money; he wanted €5m for me and then when he heard it was Manchester City, he wanted €10m.”

Solomon would likely line up on the left wing, if he does move to England, but can also play as a No.10.

The latter is perhaps where both Arsenal and Leeds see him playing, with both clubs on the lookout for a new playmaker.

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