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Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Tiago Tomas from Sporting CP to make sure he doesn’t repeat the mistake he once made with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Arsenal came infamously close to signing Ronaldo before he moved to Manchester United. They came to regret it, as he became one of the best players in history.
It was possibly the highlight of a long series that got away for Arsenal. Now, it seems they may have learned their lesson many years later.
According to Sun.Arsenal are close to signing Tomás, who plays for Ronaldo’s former club Sporting.
Tomas is an 18-year-old forward who made his senior debut with Sporting in July. This season he has started eight games in the Portuguese top flight and has played ten more games as a substitute.
Of those games, he has provided two goals and one assist. Tomás has added another three goals in cup competitions.
With its potential becoming clear, Sun. They claim that Edu, a negotiator for Arsenal, is in contact with his Sporting counterpart Hugo Viana to discuss a deal for the player.
Tomas signed a new contract with Sporting in the summer, which contains a £ 52 million release clause. However, financial pressures may force Sporting to sell for around £ 20 million.
Tomás has caught the attention of Arsenal during preparations for their Europa League match against Benfica next week. Earlier this month, Sporting beat Arsenal’s upcoming opponents 1-0, in a match in which Tomas played 74 minutes.
Did enough to impress Arsenal even though they were mainly there to observe their opponents.
Now, Thomas may be able to complete a move to Emirates Stadium in the summer.
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Talks in progress to attack target
Tomás is not the only attacking player who could be on his way to North London in the next transfer window.
One winger who was on Arsenal’s radar in January admitted that they are in negotiations for him to move to the Premier League.
However, it has not been mentioned whether or not Arsenal is the club in question.
However, if it’s someone else, the update may at least prompt gunners to consider reaffirming their own interest.