Liverpool among ‘four teams to watch’ in €40m race for ‘long-standing’ Arsenal midfield target

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Liverpool target Veiga Credit: Alamy
Liverpool target Veiga Credit: Alamy

According to reports, Liverpool and Arsenal are among the clubs in the running to sign Celta Vigo youngster Gabri Veiga this summer.

The 20-year-old has been one of the breakout stars in La Liga this term as he has shone for Celta Vigo. He has grabbed nine goals and four assists in his 30 league appearances this term.

His form has not gone unnoticed as he has been consistently linked with the Premier League. Back in March, it was claimed that he ‘dreams’ of a move to Arsenal but as many as nine English clubs are interested in him.

Liverpool are said to be among the clubs in the running to sign Veiga, which is understandable considering their priority is to recruit two or three new midfielders this summer.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are also being linked with the likes of Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister, Chelsea’s Mason Mount and Wolves’ Matheus Nunes ahead of the summer transfer window.

Journalist Ben Jacobs is reporting that ‘virtually every top club in Europe has been tracking Veiga’.

The centre-midfielder is under contract until 2026 and his contract includes a €40m release clause. His report for Caught Offside adds.

‘Celta De Vigo’s position has been simple: pay the €40m release clause or there will be no summer transfer. However, as we saw with Enzo Fernandez’s move to Chelsea from Benfica, a club stance can be tested by a large offer with a different type of payment structure.

‘As Fabrizio Romano revealed, Veiga has also switched to so-called ‘super-agent’ Pini Zahavi. This will certainly help Veiga should concrete options, away from his release clause, materialise. Veiga is contracted until 2026, but is open to a summer move.

‘Arsenal’s interest is long-standing. He’s been on their radar for quite some time. Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are four other teams to watch.

‘Barcelona, like other clubs, have scouted Veiga, but there’s nothing more than that at this stage. Joan Laporta has his work cut out to pull off any signings of this nature amid other key priorities and a desire to bring Lionel Messi back, too. LaLiga’s stringent financial rules don’t give Barcelona much leeway.’

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Liverpool are seemingly keeping their options open as they are also keeping their eyes on Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes.

The Brazil international has been one of Newcastle’s best players following his move from Lyon last year.

According to reports coming out of Spain, Klopp has made Guimaraes his ‘top summer target’ and is willing to pay €100m (approx. £88.2m) to secure his services.

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