Arsenal make early move for €100m Real Madrid transfer target

According to reports in England, Arsenal have made an early move to potentially sign a €100m rated Real Madrid transfer target, with great pedigree in Europe.
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It is advantage Arsenal in their race to sign a high-pedigree Real Madrid transfer target. According to a report from Caught Offside, Arsenal have made contact with Antonio Silva from Benfica. It is believed that the Real Madrid transfer target values a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Manchester United also making contact, alongside Arsenal.

Arsenal make early move for €100m Real Madrid transfer target

The report claims that while Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also eager to sway Antonio Silva away from his Premier League vision, the problem faced is that most of the clubs in the race do not wish to meet the €100m demand set out by Silva's current club Benfica.

€100m is an astronomical fee to pay for a defender. However, it is a testament to how highly valued he is at Benfica. Having made 30 league appearances this season and being under contract at Benfica until 2027, the Portuguese club are really under no obligation to sell him. Therefore, it would be a surprise if they budged on their €100m stance.

Sill, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been in contact, I assume to gage the player's interest and of course, to get some leeway on that €100m fee.

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Arsenal would like to bring in a new centre-back to add to their ranks. They already have two of the best defenders in the world with Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba but as a manager who would like to win everything in sight, Mikel Arteta will take every opportunity he can get to improve his squad.

From Real Madrid's perspective, there is alert for the lack of young players in the back-line. Los Blancos are stacked with young players in the midfield and attack but there could be some improvement in the back-line, particularly with Carvajal, Nacho, Rudiger and Alaba all ageing.


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