Transfer Gossip: Man Utd ready to fork out £31m for brilliant midfielder labelled ‘next Iniesta’; Arsenal target electric Bilbao winger to rival Saka

Gabri Veiga of RC Celta de Vigo celebrate his goal during the match between Real Betis Balompie and RC Celta de Vigo of La Liga Santander on February 4, 2022 at Benito Villamarin in Sevilla, Spain

Manchester United are ready to spend £31m for an uber-talented La Liga midfielder, Arsenal are pushing to sign an Athletic Bilbao attacker, while Sunday’s Transfer Gossip claims West Ham are among four London clubs looking to sign a veteran France striker.


Manchester United are reportedly ready to follow up on their initial interest by making a firm move for Celta Vigo star Gabri Veiga.

The 20-year-old is emerging as one of Spanish football’s most in-demand stars after playing a starring role this season. Indeed, he has six goals and two assists from 14 starts in LaLiga, becoming a fixture in Carlos Carvalhal’s side.

His displays in the middle of the park have seen Veiga earn comparisons to Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.

Indeed, the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid are both reportedly on his trail.

But there is interest from further afield too, with Newcastle, Arsenal and Manchester United also on his trail.

According to AS, though, the strongest interest is likely to come from Manchester United. And it seems Erik ten Hag is readying an approach to prise Celta to part ways with Veiga.

Per the report, the LaLiga side are looking for a fee in the region of £31m (€35m) for Veiga. And an offer for around that would leave them little choice but to cash in. Indeed, that would comfortably shatter the club’s record for record transfer fee received, currently standing at the €21m paid by Napoli for Stanislav Labotka.

Ten Hag is looking to take his United rebuilding on to the next level with new midfielders in his sights. And Ben Jacobs told TEAMtalk that two midfielders could be among the summer exits with Donny van de Beek and Scott McTominay seemingly up for sale.

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Arsenal are looking to make a summer raid on Athletic Bilbao for Nico Williams, according to a report.

Despite the winter addition of Leandro Trossard, Mikel Arteta still hopes to bring in another winger this summer. And with the Gunners looking to go deep in both the title race and the Champions League, Arteta wants some quality options at his disposal.

And while Trossard provides excellent cover for Gabriel Martinelli on the left, Arsenal want a top-quality star to compete with Bukayo Saka on the right.

As such, reports in Spain claim they are turning their attention towards Bilbao’s electric winger Williams.

Alongside his brother Inaki, the Williams brothers have become firm fixtures in the LaLiga side’s team.

And this season, Nico has seven goals and six assists to his name from 27 appearances. He also appeared in all four of Spain’s matches at the 2022 World Cup.

His deal with Athletic Club is currently due to expire in summer 2024, putting his future at the Basque side in some doubt.

However, Bilbao are in no mood to sell him on the cheap and are currently pointing clubs towards his £44m (€50m) exit fee.

That said, with a year left on his deal there is genuine belief he can be signed for a discounted fee.

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AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud could be heading back to the Premier League this summer, according to reports.

The veteran frontman will be out of contract at the San Siro and will currently be available on a free. And while Milan are keen to extend the 36-year-old’s stay, it seems the Frenchman is destined to leave.

Olivier Giroud of AC Milan looks on as Min-Jae Kim of SSC Napoli

As a result, The Sun claims a return to the Premier League looks to be on the cards. And the former Arsenal and Chelsea striker appears destined to return to the capital with the paper claiming a quartet of London clubs are on his trail.

That chase is currently being led by West Ham, while Fulham, Crystal Palace and Brentford are also on his trail.

There is interest too from Everton, who saw a January offer for Giroud fail.

Giroud, a four-times FA Cup winner, has scored seven goals and has four assists for Milan this season.

And there is clearly a belief that he can continue performing at the highest level for another season yet.

Giroud’s best goalscoring season came in 2015/16 when he notched 24 goals for the Gunners in all competitions.

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