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Spanish outlet Faro de Vigo (via Sport Witness) report that Gabri Veiga is currently keen to fulfil his dream of signing for Arsenal over the alternative sides chasing his signature this summer.
Napoli are among the club willing to activate Veiga’s €40m release clause, but the Gunners are his favourite team.
Mikel Arteta’s sporting project and Arsenal’s commitment to young players are among the key factors mentioned in pushing the north London side ahead of the competition.
But Faro de Vigo claim Arsenal have only shown an interest at this stage, without making a formal bid or opening negotiations.
Speaking to the media earlier this month, Celta de Vigo president Carlos Mouriño confirmed that four of the Premier League’s top-10 sides had made enquiries for Veiga.
“Real Madrid has not asked us, we don’t know if they will have called the player,” Mouriño said.
“Of the top-10 teams in the Premier League, four have asked.
“For us, he is not for sale. We refer to the clause. We have nothing to negotiate with anyone.”
Matteo Moretto of Relevo added that Arsenal were among the most attentive to Veiga’s case.
As the club president mentions, Veiga has a release clause, with multiple reports putting it at €40m (£35.2m).
Veiga reportedly isn’t desperate to leave, so he’s unlikely to push for Celta to accept less than his release clause. But it seems he’s keen to join Arsenal if he does leave his current side.
The midfielder has nine goals and three assists in 25 appearances in La Liga this season, having made just 18 starts.
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