The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling could improve Arsenal’s chances of signing two targets – Renato Sanches and Jonathan David – in this summer’s transfer window
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Good news for Arsenalbecause the French side may be forced to sell Gunners targeting Renato Sanches or Jonathan David in the summer to raise cash.
Lille might also be forced to offload Newcastle targeted Sven Botman.
Leao, 22, joined Lille on a free transfer in August 2018 following the termination of his contract with Sporting, who claim the player has a €45m release clause – around £37.4m.
The striker struggled to make an impact during his one season in France, scoring eight goals in 24 Ligue 1 appearances before joining AC Milan in August 2019.
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The Italian giants paid Lille 23 million euros – about 19.1 million pounds – for Leao’s services. He has scored 19 goals in 83 Serie A appearances since then and won his first three caps for Portugal.
As reported by Record over La Gazzetta dello SportLeao was asked by CAS to pay Sporting €16.5m – around £13.3m – in March 2020 but disputed the ruling.
The fee was increased to 20 million euros due to inflation and was passed on to Lille for settlement.
Former Bayern Munich and Swansea midfielder Sanches, 24, is on Arsenal’s radar with less than 18 months left on his current contract.
The Portuguese player told the Gunners he is interested in moving to Emirates in January when speculation was rampant.
“Maybe Milan and Arsenal are interested but I don’t know,” Saanches said. “I’ve talked to my agent, I know which club is calling me but I can’t say right now.
“But I know I’m ready. If there’s an offer, I’ll figure out what’s best for me.”
Meanwhile, former Gent striker David could be the perfect signing for Arsenal, as they are in need of a new striker after allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join. Barcelona.
Coach Mikel Arteta has only two senior strikers left in his squad – Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah – and both players are out of contract at the end of the season.
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David has scored 20 goals in 27 appearances for Canada and has scored 16 goals in all competitions for Lille this season. He has two and a half years left on his existing contract.
22 years old ago in the picture is wearing a shirt by Thierry Henry and his agent Nick Mavromaras revealed Players interested in Premier League transformation.
“I think Premier League is a good choice for him,” Mavromaras said in December.
“I think he is very fond of Spain also because he likes the feel of the ball and the players are very technical. These two tournaments are his big priorities, but nothing is ruled out.”
In terms of Botman, Newcastle made two highly-rated 22-year-old offers in January but Lille refused to sell him.
Should the Saudi-backed Premier League club stay relegated, Botman could be a realistic option as Lille is facing a significant financial penalty.
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