Arsenal face tough competition in the race to sign Donyell Malen as Barcelona have the £50m striker on their transfer shortlist.
Malen has been in outstanding form for PSV Eindhoven so far this season, having fired 16 goals already – 10 of which came in nine appearances in the Eredivisie.
The 20-year-old even scored five goals in one game when PSV thrashed Vitesse 5-0 last month.
So it’s no surprise that Europe’s top clubs are watching him, with Arsenal reportedly hoping to re-sign the player they sold for just £200,000 two years ago, while AC Milan are also believed to be interested.
But it’s a blow for both teams that Barcelona are now tracking the Dutch international, who made his international debut earlier this month.
Malen is on a shortlist of forwards Barca are looking at signing this summer, with long-term doubts over Luis Suarez, according to Football Espana .
Milan striker Rafa Leao and Inter’s Lautaro Martinez are also possibilities for Barca.
Malen scored 27 goals in 67 appearances for the Gunners’ academy, having signed for the club from PSV’s rivals Ajax in 2015.
He counts Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp among his idols, hence his decision to move to the Gunners over Man Utd and Chelsea back then.
Malen spent two years with the Gunners and impressed in the youth ranks, but was moved on to PSV in 2017 after they expressed an interest.
Arsenal could yet come up against the youngster this season, with PSV also involved in the Europa League.
Following his departure from north London, Malen told De Telegraaf : “That I was sent away from Arsenal is certainly not true. I still had a contract for a year and Arsenal even wanted to extend that.
“I don’t play football for the money. I never did that. Otherwise I would not have left England.”