Mohammed Kudus and Bitello Arsenal transfer links raise questions amid Champions League rebuild

Arsenal have been linked with both Mohammed Kudus and Bitello as double deal is questioned ahead of the new season.

Arsenal have been linked with both Mohammed Kudus and Bitello as double deal is questioned ahead of the new season.

Arsenal have been linked with some new faces after all the attention of the early part of the window on Declan Rice, Jurrien Timber and Kai Havertz. Having spent more than £200million, the idea that the Gunners would continue to spend seems something of a fantasy but if reports are believed could become a reality.

There are expected to be outgoings soon with players like Nicolas Pepe, Cedric Soares, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga all facing uncertain futures. There is, even with a lack of sales, an identification that both the midfield and the forward line could do with some reinforcement and greater competitive options.

Therefore it is perhaps unsurprising to see links to players like Bitello of Gremio and Mohammed Kudus of Ajax. Firstly, Bitello, who is the more unknown variable of the two.

His profile fits what Mikel Arteta likes in a player which is versatility. From defensive midfield to the wide areas, Bitello has featured in a multitude of roles for the Brazilian side and has attracted interest from all over Europe.

Eleven goal contributions in 34 games is not a bad return but for a player turning 24 in January – and the added worry of how a transition to the Premier League would fare – it is something of a risk. Although the fees being discussed in the region of €10million (£8.7million) perhaps reflect this.

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Kudus, meanwhile, would be a far greater investment and for good reason. The 22-year-old Ajax attacker has seen his profile rise after a strong season for club and country, especially thanks to his performances in the World Cup.

Kudus managed 18 goals and seven assists playing in 42 games for Ajax, a really strong return after suffering a number of restrictive injury issues prior to the 2022/23 season. Statistically, Kudus has shone and compared well to the likes of Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard and Moussa Diaby has already discussed.

Bitello’s low transfer fee and Kudus’ relatively high one in comparison do perhaps open the door to both players being signed from a financial standpoint. Arsenal would hope the potential exits of Thomas Partey, Kieran Tierney and Folarin Balogun would bring in fees in the region of £100million.

Yet with the number of attacking options already in the team, adding both players seems something of an overkill. Saka, Reiss Nelson, Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe, Kai Havertz, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Martinelli and the current strikers give plenty of options.

With a Champions League season on the horizon though, perhaps Arteta wants more. Let us see where the transfer window takes us because there could be more surprises in store.

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