Arsenal on alert as £22m strike sensation told he must take his “next step”

Date published: Monday 18th May 2020 9:04 - Jonny Whitfield

Club Brugge boss Philippe Clement has revealed that Arsenal-linked striker Emmanuel Dennis is “very likely” to leave his Belgian employers in the next transfer window.

Dennis began his career in his native Nigeria but has continued to impress since his move to Brugge from Ukrainian side Zorya Lugansk in the summer of 2017.

The 22-year-old scored 12 goals and assisted five others in his debut season with Brugge, before he was linked with a move away last summer after netting seven times while making his bow in the Champions League proper.

This term, his stock has risen further, not least after his brace against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the Champions League group stages which rescued his side a point.

The Daily Mirror claims that Arsenal have been mooted with making a £22million bid for the striker, with Wolves, Newcastle and Leicester also showing interest.

Speaking to La Derniere Heure (via the Mirror), Clement admitted that despite having two years left on his contract, it is unlikely Brugge will be able to keep hold of Dennis.

“It is very likely that Dennis will leave,” the manager said .”He can also count on a lot of interest.

“It is the time for him to take a new step.”

 

Dennis scored five goals and assisted one other in the Belgian top flight this season, helping his side to top spot before Brugge were declared champions on Saturday following the curtailment of the campaign.

Dennis, a two-time Nigeria international, made his debut for his country in September.

In other news, Arsenal are also reportedly interested in signing Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy, who is looking for a move to the Premier League after suffering relegation with his Ligue 1 employers.

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