Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the signing of Lucas Vazquez from Real Madrid and they could seal a deal next week.
Vazquez could become one of the first casualties of Real’s mega spending during the summer transfer window. So far, they’ve spent a club-record of €303m on Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard and Ferland Mendy.
The Spanish giants need to make some sales to compensate for their spending. Although things haven’t gone to plan, with their attempts to offload the likes of Gareth Bale seemingly failing miserably.
But it looks like they will finally make a sale this summer in Vazquez, who has captured the interest of Arsenal.
Gunners boss Unai Emery rates the 28-year-old very highly and would jump at the opportunity to bring him over to the Emirates Stadium.
And now could be an opportune moment for Emery, with Vazquez considering whether it’s time to call it a day at Real.
AS claims that the winger still harbours hopes of returning to the Spanish national team in time for Euro 2020. To do so, however, will require Vazquez to play regular football for his club.
But last season saw the Spaniard fall behind Marco Asensio and Vinícius Junior in the pecking order. So, Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has allegedly told him he will restrict his minutes even more considering the arrivals of Hazard and Rodrygo.
Therefore, Vazquez has given Arsenal the green light to sign him this summer despite having not received an offer yet. Although AS claims the Gunners are close to striking a deal with Real anyway.
They could, in fact, finish the things off early next week depending on what they offer the player. Apparently, a fee of €32m plus another €3m in add-ons will be enough for Arsenal to take Vazquez to England.
Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have also expressed an interest in Vazquez.