Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Lyon’s former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay could become a star for the Gunners, according to a report.
Depay left United in January 2017 after failing to light up in his 18-month spell at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman, now Lyon’s captain, has scored 53 goals and assisted 43 others in 143 games for the French club.
As such, Le10 Sport claims Arteta has sounded the winger out as a potential new Arsenal recruit.
Depay’s “technical qualities” and his “personality” have reportedly peaked the Spanish boss’ interest.
What’s more, should the feeling be mutual, the fact that Depay has one year left on his deal puts him in a strong position to find a way out of the club.
Le10 Sport adds that a return to the Premier League could entice Depay, who would want to prove himself after a poor first spell in the English top flight.
Arteta has attacking signings on his mind amid uncertainty over the futures of his current stars.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has one year left on his contract and has received interest from Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, the report claims Alexandre Lacazette “has desires elsewhere”, with Atletico Madrid keen.
In any case, Arsenal are yet to register firm interest in Depay. Their priority is to attempt to solve the uncertainties about Aubameyang and Lacazette.
Arsenal, like many clubs, will operate on a reduced budget in the coming months due to the pandemic.
ARTETA DELIGHTED WITH NEW SAKA CONTRACT
In other news, Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka has signed a new long-term contract.
The fresh deal comes following uncertainty over his future and links with Liverpool.
Arteta said: “Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player. He has impressed me with his work ethic and attitude to learn and adapt, and it has paid off in his performances.
“I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals.”