According to Israeli media outlet One, Arsenal will soon make an offer to sign Shakhtar Donetsk’s star attacker Manor Solomon.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old for a while now. Multiple reports have claimed over the last few months that we are keen to sign him, and if the latest report is to be believed, we are readying a bid to complete the transfer.
The report claims that Edu will table a £17.2 million offer to sign Solomon very soon. The Israel international still has two-and-a-half years left on his current contract and it is claimed that Shakhtar don’t really need the money.
However, the Ukrainian giants are open to selling him to Arsenal, but their asking price is £21.5 million. The report also claims that Shakhtar are willing to negotiate and find common ground to complete the transfer, which should favour Edu and Arsenal.
Do Arsenal really need Manor Solomon?
Solomon really is a talented little player. He is very quick, is an excellent dribbler and he showed last season that he can step up against the bigger sides. He scored home and away against Real Madrid in the Champions League, and his stock has gone up considerably since.
The Guardian even compared Solomon to former Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard. That is massive praise indeed and if the 21-year-old can even have a career half as good as the Belgian’s, he will go down as a fine player.
However, the Israel international only managed 11 goals and picked up just one assist in 35 appearances last season. That is an average return for someone playing in Ukraine, which makes you wonder if he really has what it takes to thrive in the Premier League.
Arsenal could do with a left-winger this summer, but it is not a priority. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe can all play there, and they have all proved their quality here in England already.
Emile Smith Rowe can also fill in on the left flank, as can Willian if he stays. That should be enough options for Mikel Arteta next season, especially as we’ll mostly play just one game every week.