Arsenal very interested in signing Xavi Simons, PSG eyeing over £52m for his sale

Arsenal are one of the clubs who are ‘very interested’ in signing Paris Saint-Germain winger Xavi Simons this summer, according to Spanish publication Sport.

The Dutchman rejoined Les Parisiens from PSV Eindhoven last summer after they triggered a buy-back clause worth €6 million. He was subsequently loaned out to RB Leipzig.

Simons has had a fine season with the Bundesliga outfit, registering nine goals and 15 assists.

Leipzig have made a formal offer to re-sign Simons, but the proposal is reportedly ‘not enough’.

Sport (page 16) claim that Les Parisiens have already put the player on the transfer market. Arsenal and Bayern Munich appear ‘very interested’ in signing him.

The 21-year-old has a dream of returning to his boyhood club Barcelona, but it is claimed that the La Liga giants are in no position to afford a huge financial package.

In that case, Simons prefers to join another club with the guarantee of ownership – permanent transfer.

Luis Enrique’s side are currently eyeing in excess of €60m (£52m) to part ways with the Netherlands international. It is reported that his future could be sorted by May 31.

Simons could be signed as Bukayo Saka’s competitor

Saka has been Arsenal’s best contributor of goals in recent years, but there have been phases where the Englishman has also struggled with his form and fitness.

While the club have Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard on the left wing, they have not had the same luxury on the opposite end with no competition for Saka.

The club graduate has often played through 90 minutes. Reiss Nelson has barely made an impression in his cameo appearances from the position this campaign.

Simons would be an ideal signing to add competition for places. The Dutchman has registered 10 goal contributions from only 18 outings from the right wing this term.

The youngster also has the ability to play on the left wing, as an attacking midfielder or up front.

His versatile quality would fit into the transfer profile of the Gunners. They should be able to afford the transfer fee, having spent over £200m in the summer of 2023.

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