Arteta pushes Arsenal to sign Spain's brilliant Euro 2024 duo

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
  • 10 Jul 2024 12:30 BST
  • 3 min read
Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is pushing the club to sign two of Spain’s Euro 2024 stars, according to The Athletic.

Spain have been the best team at Euro 2024 so far and they booked their place in the final on Tuesday by beating France 2-1 in the semis in Munich.

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The Spaniards have boasted a host of impressive performers in Germany this summer, and Arsenal manager Arteta is reported by The Athletic to be a massive fan of two in particular.

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The Athletic reports that Arteta has made it clear to club bosses that if they try and sign a wide forward this summer that they should go all-in for Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams.

Arsenal are said to be battling Barcelona and Chelsea for the 21-year-old, who has lit up Euro 2024.

Nico Williams at Euro 2024
© IMAGO - Nico Williams at Euro 2024

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There is a €58 million release clause in Williams’ contract at Athletic.

Blessed with lightning pace and dribbling skills, he had electric performances in the wins over Croatia, Italy and Georgia.

Against the now-disposed reigning champions, Williams tore apart the Italy right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo and set up the winner - an own goal by Riccardo Calafiori.

He also scored a fantastic goal in the win over Georgia in the last-16.

The report adds that Arteta has also informed Arsenal chiefs of his admiration for midfielder Merino.

The 28-year-old has not been a starter at Euro 2024 but has played a crucial role off the bench, scoring a brilliant headed winner in the 119th minute against Germany in the quarter final.

Mikel Merino, Real Sociedad
© IMAGO - Mikel Merino, Real Sociedad

He is expected to be available for transfer this summer - like Williams - but also will not come cheap.

Arsenal are expected to complete the transfer of Italy’s best outfield player at the Euros, Riccardo Calafiori, this week.

The Gunners have agreed a deal with Bologna for a fee of around €50 million, with personal terms also accepted by the centre back.

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