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Report: Arsenal now want relegated striker who's available for less than £10m

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According to 90min, Arsenal are among a whole host of Premier League clubs interested in signing Schalke attacker Matthew Hoppe.

The young American, who shared the Royal Blues’ colours with Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi last season, is a huge talent. He scored six goals for a woeful Schalke side in just 15 starts, but that wasn’t enough to keep them up.

Now playing in the second tier of German football, Schalke have to cut their costs. They will have to let go of their better players, and if the report is to be believed, Hoppe is set to be one of them.

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Arsenal want Matthew Hoppe

Hoppe is not short of suitors this summer. The American’s performances for Schalke as well as his phenomenal display for his country in the Gold Cup seems to have alerted a number of clubs, and Arsenal are said to be one of them.

The report claims that Mikel Arteta’s side are one of 11 English clubs interested in Hoppe. Every traditional top-six club apart from Chelsea are said to be in the race for his signature, and he won’t cost a lot either.

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Schalke are desperate to raise funds this summer and they are willing to sell their stars for very affordable prices as a result. The report says that Hoppe, who is one of the brightest talents in Germany at the moment, is set to be available for less than £10 million, which is a massive bargain for any club.

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Should Arsenal sign Hoppe?

Arsenal are on the market looking for a new number nine this summer. We have a fairly young squad, and a talented 20-year-old like Hoppe would surely fit in well alongside the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

However, it’s unlikely that we’ll pursue a deal for him.

Even if Arsenal sell Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, Arteta will still have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun at his disposal. We’ll surely sign an experienced number nine as well this summer, which is too many in itself.

Adding Hoppe to that makes no sense whatsoever, and although the youngster is a fine talent, he’s not one for us this summer.

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