Arsenal ‘preparing for summer bid for Israeli winger Manor Solomon’ after playing for Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk … with Pep Guardiola not landing him before in 2017
- Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are already planning the summer transfer window
- The Gunners are reportedly interested in Shakhtar Donetsk star Manor Solomon
- Solomon’s reputation has risen rapidly after playing for the Ukrainian side
- Pep Guardiola wanted to land the 21-year-old in 2017, but a move collapsed
Arsenal have already started planning for the summer by reportedly submitting a bid for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon.
The Israeli star has emerged as a very good contender in the game after a number of impressive screenings – particularly in the Champions League – for Ukrainian Shakhtar over the past two seasons.
And according to The Guardian, the Gunners have already negotiated with the player’s entourage after scouting him heavily over the past year.
Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon has emerged as a target for Arsenal over the summer
And Mikel Arteta’s squad can step up the chase for the 21-year-old during the summer preseason as they prepare to make a bid.
Solomon’s reputation has skyrocketed recently, scoring in both Champions League victories against Real Madrid this season, while also scoring at Manchester City in 2019.
The Gunners are interested in Solomon because he can play across the front line and offers several options for Arteta’s side – who have only just started shooting for goal in the Premier League.
Solomon is expected to stay with Shakhtar in January unless Arsenal can release a lot of money from a number of departures.
Mikel Arteta hopes to add something to his front line and Solomon’s versatility is admired by Arsenal
In addition, since his contract with the Ukrainian side doesn’t expire until December 2023, it would cost the Gunners a significant fee to lure him away.
His appreciation has soared since joining Shakhtar in 2019 from former side Maccabi Petah Tikva thanks to his brilliant performances.
And during his time at Maccabi, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola tried to bring him in in 2017 – when Arteta was his assistant at the Etihad.
Solomon claims he met with city representatives to negotiate compensation while on the Israeli side in 2017, but a deal never materialized.
Pep Guardiola tried to sign Solomon in 2017, but withdrew when Maccabi demanded £ 9 million
City had hoped to sign the youngster for £ 5m but withdrew from the transfer race when Maccabi claimed £ 9m due to the Premier League club’s prestige.
Speaking of City’s transfer attempt three years ago, Solomon said The Guardian: ‘They really wanted me and I had a meeting with them, but unfortunately that didn’t work out.
Clubs in Europe don’t see the Israeli league as a strong competition, so they don’t buy Israeli league players for so much money.
‘My owner in Israel demanded a lot of money. He wanted £ 5 million for me and then he heard it was Manchester City, he wanted £ 9 million, ‘added Solomon.