Arsenal are reportedly lining up a summer move for Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Manor Solomon, according to The Guardian.
Speculation linking Arsenal and the Israel international surfaced on Monday, with Online Gooner claiming the Gunners have been monitoring him since the summer, first through Raul Sanllehi, and now with Edu.
“A source close to the player told the Gooner: ‘We prefer to move in the summer but if a club like Arsenal come in for you in January, you don’t say no. Edu likes the boy,'” they added.
Since then, The Guardian have gone on to claim that Arsenal are eyeing the 21-year-old with a view to a move at the end of the season, acknowledging that he may cost a lot due to his contract running until 2023, and the Gunners not having the funds for expensive acquisitions this month.
“The Guardian understands Arsenal have held initial talks with the player’s camp, having scouted him heavily, and may firm up their interest during pre-season,” they wrote.
Solomon has become a key player for Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk, who impressed in the Champions League group stages this season before dropping down to the Europa League.
The skilful winger – a two-footed player who can play across the front line – scored in both group stage matches against Real Madrid, while in the previous season he scored against Manchester City.
He also scored a brilliant winner for Israel in their Nations League win over Scotland two months ago and is believed to have attracted the attention of numerous clubs in big leagues.
Arsenal Insider View:
Solomon looks like a great shout for Arsenal, a young, talented and versatile player with an impressive CV and plenty of room to develop.
That he can play across the whole front line is something that Mikel Arteta could really do with, especially on the left with no established LW currently in the team.
“Very interesting player, reminds a lot of Eden Hazard and Pedro Neto,” Eduardo Hagn wrote on Twitter. “Only 21 and he’s got a gigantic ceiling.”