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Arsenal receives bad news as Chelsea hijacks deal for their transfer target

Arsenal has so far completed the signing of three players in this summer transfer window and new reports reveal that Chelsea has hijacked a deal for their target.

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Arsenal’s summer transfer window has been a mixed bag so far, with the club securing three signings but also facing disappointment as Chelsea potentially hijacks one of their targets. The Gunners have been dealt a blow as Chelsea has expressed interest in signing Mohammed Kudus, who was previously linked with Arsenal.

According to a report by The Athletic, Chelsea has made contact with Ajax to discuss the possibility of signing the 22-year-old attacking midfielder. While no official offer has been made yet, dialogue between the two clubs has taken place. Furthermore, it is reported that personal terms between Kudus and Chelsea are close to being agreed upon.

Ajax’ Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus reacts during the Dutch Eredivisie premier league football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam on March 19, 2023. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

This news will undoubtedly be frustrating for Arsenal, who were keen on bringing Kudus to the Emirates Stadium this summer. The Gunners have been actively strengthening their squad and have already completed three signings in this transfer window.

One of their notable acquisitions is Kai Havertz, a 24-year-old attacking midfielder who arrived from Chelsea for a hefty fee of £65 million. This move showcases Arsenal’s ambition and willingness to invest in top-quality players. Havertz’s arrival adds depth and creativity to their midfield options.

In addition to Havertz, Arsenal secured the services of 22-year-old defender Jurrien Timber from Ajax in a deal worth €40 million plus €5 million in add-ons. Timber is highly regarded for his defensive abilities and promises to bolster Arsenal’s backline.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Arsenal unveil new signing Declan Rice at Emirates Stadium on July 15, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The Gunners also made headlines by breaking the British transfer record between two clubs with the signing of Declan Rice from West Ham for an eye-watering £105 million. Rice’s arrival demonstrates Arsenal’s determination to compete at the highest level and build a squad capable of challenging for major honors.

However, despite these impressive signings, missing out on Kudus would be disappointing for Arsenal. The Ghanaian international has shown great potential during his time at Ajax and was considered an exciting prospect for Mikel Arteta’s side.

With Chelsea now in the picture, Arsenal will have to reassess their options and potentially look for alternative targets to strengthen their midfield. The Gunners cannot afford to dwell on this setback and must act swiftly to ensure they secure the necessary reinforcements before the transfer window closes.

In conclusion, Arsenal’s summer transfer window has been a mixture of success and disappointment. While they have made significant signings in Havertz, Timber, and Rice, the potential hijacking of Mohammed Kudus by Chelsea is a setback. The Gunners must regroup and identify alternative targets to ensure they continue strengthening their squad ahead of the upcoming season.

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