Arsenal rival Tottenham for Premier League winger as agents work on appetising alternative to existing approach
A winger currently on loan in the Premier League could attract a bigger offer than one from his current club after Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur came into the equation, according to a report.
Both of the north London rivals have become accustomed to luring talented players away from so-called smaller clubs in the same division. For example, Arsenal took Leandro Trossard from Brighton during the January transfer window. Further back, in the summer, Tottenham took Yves Bissouma from the same club, and Richarlison from Everton, among other business.
In order to maintain their ability to challenge for European qualification – and in Arsenal’s case this season, the Premier League title – clubs of their stature will continue to be on alert for players impressing under their noses.
In that regard, Arsenal and Tottenham are both now being linked with Fulham attacker, Manor Solomon.
Solomon is currently on loan at Craven Cottage from Shakhtar Donetsk. Having had to deal with an injury over the autumn months, the Israel international has amassed 10 appearances and three goals for his temporary club.
Indeed, his three goals have come consecutively in his three most recent appearances, showing how he has come into form.
Therefore, Fulham might be tempted to make a bid that would allow them to keep Solomon for good. According to Ynet in his homeland, they have already made an approach to Shakhtar about a permanent transfer.
Furthermore, the player himself is willing to stay in west London. To persuade him, Fulham are preparing a contract lasting four or five years, which will contain an improved salary.
However, the report claims that Solomon’s agents are also working on other potential solutions for their client. Specifically, it is suggested that Arsenal and Tottenham are both monitoring the 23-year-old’s development.
Tougher competition for Manor Solomon at higher level
All of Solomon’s appearances this season have come as a left winger. In that territory, Arsenal already have Trossard and Gabriel Martinelli. Meanwhile, Tottenham can call upon Son Heung-min, or possibly Arnaut Danjuma or Ivan Perisic, there.
Therefore, Solomon should be cautious about stepping up to the level of Arsenal or Tottenham. He may find the competition for places tougher.
However, he has already played in the Champions League and Europa League before for Shakhtar. Consequently, he will know what he is capable of at a higher level.
That said, Fulham have enjoyed a good season so far and may even have an outside chance of qualifying for a UEFA competition themselves. After 25 games of their season, they are currently in sixth place. Admittedly, other teams around them have games in hand.
Even so, Solomon might find Fulham’s project an enticing one to continue with. Therefore, it is over to them to find an agreement with Shakhtar over his transfer value.
The Ukrainian side have shown they can hold out for high fees in the transfer market recently. For example, they entertained big offers from Arsenal and Chelsea for Mykhaylo Mudryk in January before selling him to the latter.
Solomon won’t be as expensive, but Fulham will still have their work cut out to get a good deal for him, especially if more powerful rivals like Arsenal and Tottenham are also in contention to sign him.
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