Arsenal to join £17m-race for 'extraordinary' Tottenham Hotspur target

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The star has caught the eye of both north London rivals despite failing to impress in Lisbon

Arsenal may well be losing out in the transfer race for both Bologna’s Joshua Zirkzee and RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko, with the former closing in on a deal with AC Milan and the latter opting to remain in the Bundesliga, but that has not diminished their transfer intent.

The latest reports have now linked the Gunners with a move for the Tottenham Hotspur target and former England youth international Marcus Edwards. According to reports from the Portuguese media outfit O Jogo, the Emirates Stadium are looking into the 25-year-old’s situation but could face a very familiar rival for his signature.

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Edwards was initially an impressive signing at Sporting Lisbon with his former teammate and current Spurs star Pedro Porro describing him as ‘extraordinary’. But he has quickly fallen out of favour due to his inconsistency and the former Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Francisco Trincao taking his place. The 25-year-old’s cameo appearances for the bench appear to have similarly failed to impress the Sporting head coach Ruben Amorim and now a potential move away from the Portuguese capital is being considered.

Edwards, who began his career in N17, is believed to be a well-liked figure in England and there is a ‘growing sense’ he could make the move to the Premier League this summer with both Arsenal Spurs and West Ham said to be interested in the player. The 25-year-old’s current contract will run until the summer of 2026 and while he was initially handed a £52m release clause, Sporting Lisbon would happily let him leave for the bargain price of €20m (£17m)

The former England youth star departed Spurs in 2019, having made one substitute appearance in the EFL Cup for the club. He signed for Vitoria Guimaraes on a free transfer - but a buy-back-clause was included in the deal - before joining Sporting Lisbon in 2022 where he has since scored six goals and registered nine assists.

Five years on, however, and Spurs appear to have remained interested in their academy graduate. However, it’s good news either way for the N17 club as, even if Ange Postecoglou does not sign Edwards, these latest reports suggest that Arsenal could well be indirectly helping finance their greatest rivals if they continue to pursue the ex-Lilywhite star.

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