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Gunners eye up move for Brazil ace Everton Soares

 

Transfer target: Arsenal are thought to be lining up a £36m move for Gremio forward Everton Soares
Transfer target: Arsenal are thought to be lining up a £36m move for Gremio forward Everton Soares

By Robert Jones

Arsenal have made their move for £36m Brazil star Everton Soares.

The Gunners are key to tie up a deal for the 23-year-old winger who played an integral role in his country's success at the Copa America this summer.

But they face competition from Napoli, with the Italian club equally as keen in the Gremio forward.

A deal with Arsenal would cast doubt over whether the north Londoners will pursue a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha this summer.

Marco Silva's Everton entered the fray for the Ivory Coast star this week and are willing to meet the Eagles' asking price - in excess of £70m - while Arsenal have balked at the valuation.

Reports in Brazil suggest Soares has started to learn English in readiness for a move to the Premier League.

Last season he netted 15 goals in 31 matches and provided three assists.

He went on to score goals in group stage victories over Bolivia and Peru at the Copa America before the netting in the final against the Peruvians.

Meanwhile, Arsenal and Liverpool are two of the four clubs to have agreed a deal in principle to sign Nicolas Pepe, according to reports in France.

Pepe has emerged as one of this summer's most sought after players after scoring 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season - a tally only bettered by Kylian Mbappe.

A host of Premier League clubs have been linked with the Ivory Coast international, with Manchester United also monitoring the player's situation.

Four sides are thought to have come to an agreement with Lille and it is down to the 24-year-old to decide his destination.

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