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Arsenal Meet €20m Asking Price For 20-Goal Striker – Report
According to reports in Spain, Arsenal have triggered a €20m buy-out clause in the contract of Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto but face stiff competition from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.
Vietto joined Villarreal from Argentinean side Racing Club last summer and enjoyed an excellent debut season in Europe after netting 20 goals in just 27 starts.
It looks like that impressive form has caught the eye of Arsenal scouts as Spanish outlet AS claims that we’ve triggered the strikers €20m (£14m) buy-out clause after making it clear to Villarreal that we’ll match that figure.
However, we’re going to face some stiff competition for his signature as the report suggests that Liverpool and Atletico Madrid have also agreed to pay €20m for the 21-year-old hot-shot.
Before the reported interest from Arsenal, Vietto said that he’d consider a move to Atletico if they paid his buy-out clause:
“No-one can guarantee what will happen in the future, but my idea is to be here when they call us,” Vietto said last month
“If Atletico come with €20m I will decide with my family and my representative.
“We will try to take the best decision but if they pay the buyout clause I think that everyone benefits.
“At the moment there is nothing, they are only rumours and my head is at Villarreal.”
It remains to be seen whether our interest will persuade the striker to snub a move to the Vicente Calderon in favour of North London, but the newspapers seem to think he’ll opt to link up with Diego Simeone’s men this summer.
Vietto looks to have a bright future ahead of him but I won’t be losing any sleep over it if we do miss out on his signature. If Arsene is going to buy a striker, I’d prefer to see us bring in an established world class hitman this summer rather than a relatively unproven youngster.