Arsenal are reportedly plotting a transfer raid on Rangers which could take care of one of Mikel Arteta’s priorities for millions less than first feared. The Gunners have already signed Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga in this summer’s window.
Despite the arrival of the latter though, Arteta is still believed to be keen to bring in another central midfielder.
At first, it seemed that man could be Wolves star Ruben Neves, who has impressed at Molineux since moving to the Midlands from Porto.
Arsenal had thought to be the frontrunners to sign the 24-year-old for much of the window as Arteta searched for a new partner for Thomas Partey.
But it appears that the Gunners have now fallen back in the race to buy Neves, who is set to leave Wolves this summer.
Instead, it is Manchester United who have pulled ahead, leaving Arteta to search for secondary signings for his new-look midfield.
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He signed a four-year deal at Ibrox and has gone on to become a key player in Steven Gerrard’s all-conquering side.
The 25-year-old started 28 top-flight games last season as Rangers went unbeaten in the league, winning their first title since their promotion into the Premiership.
He had the highest pass completion percentage of any outfield player at Rangers last season and also averaged the highest number of interceptions per game in the Euro 2020 group stage for Finland.
Kamara originally emerged as a target back in April, but could now return to Arteta’s shopping list if United do indeed win the race to sign Neves.
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With just two years remaining on his current contract, this is likely to be the last window in which Rangers can bring in a substantial fee for the Finn.
While Neves would cost in the region of £30million It has previously been reported that Rangers could accept as little as £10m for Kamara.
But Arsenal are facing competition from several quarters for Kamara, with Premier League rivals Everton and West Ham both keen on the midfielder.
According to GiveMeSport, the Gunners are also already playing catch-up to an unnamed Russian Premier League side, who have offered his representatives a lucrative move there.