Arsenal ‘eye-up summer move for Athletic Bilbao star Nico Williams as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen in attack – with the Gunners also long-term admirers of Wolves’ Pedro Neto’

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  • The Gunners have been linked with moves for both Nico Williams and Pedro Neto
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Arsenal are reportedly keeping an eye on Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams ahead of a potential summer move.

The Gunners are in the midst of another fine campaign, with Mikel Arteta’s side firmly in the title race as they sit just two points behind Liverpool.

However, they have struggled to score on occasions, with the Reds, Man City, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Newcastle all having more goals in the league this season.

Williams, 21, has shone for Athletic Bilbao in recent seasons, adding 17 goals and 17 assists in 109 games for the Basque club, while also scoring in 11 games for Spain.

And according to The mirrorArsenal scouts scouting Williams.

Arsenal are keeping an eye on Athletic Bilbao star Nico Williams ahead of a summer move

Arsenal are keeping an eye on Athletic Bilbao star Nico Williams ahead of a summer move

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to add another winger to ease the pressure on Bukayo Saka

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to add another winger to ease the pressure on Bukayo Saka

The report claims Arteta is keen to bring in a winger in the summer to ease the pressure on Bukayo Saka and add to his attacking options.

Williams penned a new contract last year, so any deal is unlikely to come cheap, with the likes of Real Madrid, Aston Villa and Liverpool also keen on him.

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao are reportedly determined not to sell Williams and believe the academy graduate will remain loyal to the club.

The report also continues to claim that Arsenal are interested in Wolves star Pedro Neto, with the Gunners long-term admirers of the Portuguese forward.

Neto is enjoying a fine campaign for Gary O’Neil’s side, contributing 10 assists and three goals in just 17 games despite missing two months of action with a serious hamstring problem.

Potential moves for Neto or Williams could come amid a squad shake-up at The Emirates, with Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah all potentially heading for the exit door this summer.

Arsenal are also keen to add a striker and a midfielder, with the likes of Ivan Toney and Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi on their radar.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank admitted this week that Toney – who will have just a year left on his Bees contract in the summer – is likely to be sold.

Arsenal are also long-term admirers of Wolves striker Pedro Neto and could make a move for him

Arsenal are also long-term admirers of Wolves striker Pedro Neto and could make a move for him

Both Eddie Nketiah (pictured) and Emile Smith Rowe may walk out the exit door this summer

It comes amid a possible squad shake-up and the two academy graduates could leave along with Thomas Partey

Both Eddie Nketiah (left) and Emile Smith Rowe (right) may be heading out the exit door this summer.

He said: ‘It’s the same message all along, I’d love to stay forever.

‘The reality is that he has one year left on his contract in the summer. I think he was quite open about playing for a top club in the future.

‘There are a few scenarios; he leaves in the summer, he leaves in the winter, or he stays until the end.

“If he leaves – whatever, summer, winter or the summer after – I think it would be fantastic to see him play for a top club.”

The Gunners return to action on Sunday when they travel to face West Ham, seven days after their dramatic 3-1 victory over Liverpool.


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