La Liga giants to raise release clause of €60m star with Prem ambitions

Villarreal's Nigerian forward Samuel Chukwueze looks upwards during the UEFA Europa league quarter final first leg football match between Villarreal CF and Valencia CF at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on April 11, 2019. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Villarreal are set to increase the release clause of a reported Liverpool and Manchester City target, according to reports in Spain.

Samuel Chukwueze was one of the breakout stars of La Liga last season, with the winger scoring eight goals in 38 appearances in all competitions in his first season at the top level.

At the start of the summer, the 20-year-old was linked with the likes of Liverpool and Man City, having made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League after missing out on a move to Arsenal as a teenager.

However, no genuine offers materialised, meaning the winger would continue his development in Spain.

His tenure in La Liga looks set to increase further, with Marca relaying reports that Chukwueze – described as the ‘next Arjen Robben’ – is in line for a new contract that will see his exit clause rise from €60m.

It will represent a blow for any Premier League club keeping tabs on him with a view to a future bid – with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also said to be hovering – although it is claimed that the winger will not rush into accepting the deal if other clubs are interested.