Arsenal are reportedly open to the idea of bringing PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen back to the club after his rapid raise in Holland.
The 21-year-old left the Gunners in 2017 after the Dutch giants picked him up for a miserly £540,000.
Malen spent two years in Arsenal’s youth ranks, having joined from Ajax U-17s in 2015. However, he never made a first-team appearance for the club.
But the attacker has had a rapid rise since quitting north London, scoring 33 goals and registering 16 assists in 78 games for PSV.
That form has been attracting some of Europe’s big clubs and Arsenal are among them, according to Soccernews (via Sport Witness).
A knee injury scuppered his chances of a move over the summer. But Malen has since started the new campaign on fire, with five goals and two assists in seven games so far.
The report states that it is a question of ‘not if but when’ top clubs come calling again. Indeed, Juventus have already held talks with the player’s agent Mino Raiola.
Mikel Arteta is also looking at the forward’s situation and is ready to consider a move, if Malen hits the market.
For his part, Malen chose not to respond to talk of a summer exit and focused instead on his form with PSV and trying to break into the Holland squad.
However, if his current form keeps up then inevitable rumours over his future will only heighten.
Wilshere takes cheeky swipe at Arsenal
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has had his say on the club’s decision to leave Mesut Ozil out of their 25-man Premier League squad.
It was announced on Tuesday that Ozil had not been included in Mikel Arteta’s plans for the 2020/21 season.
That comes after the German had not been selected to play since football resumed in England after the enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He had been expected to leave the Emirates during the summer transfer window. However, he did not pursue a move away and will now see out the final year of his contract.
That decision means Ozil will likely spend the full campaign kicking his heels with his Gunners career seemingly all but over.
His exclusion from the squad has split opinion, with Ian Wright admitting he is “sad” to see Ozil frozen out. Others, though, have praised Arteta for only including players who are willing to buy into his approach.
Now Wilshere, who played alongside Ozil for five years, has made it clear he disagrees with the choice his former employers have made.
Replying to Gary Lineker’s claim that being left out will be “soul destroying” for Ozil, Wilshere tweeted: “Spot on Gary, especially when you are the best player!”