20-year-old Arsenal target in talks with PSG over bargain move to France

PSV Eindhoven star Xavi Simons remains locked in talks with former side Paris Saint Germain about a potential return to the French capital, with Arsenal among several clubs waiting to pounce should he opt to remain in the Netherlands.

The young Dutch star enjoyed an exceptional season in the Eredivisie, scoring 22 times and grabbing 12 assists in 48 appearances for PSV across domestic and European competitions.

He also made his senior debut for the Netherlands, making his debut against the USA at the Qatar World Cup and starting every game for the Ornaje since, attracting attention from plenty of sides around Europe.

In high demand, Simons is valued as high as 40m euros by transfer site transfermarkt, but could move for as little as 6m euros this summer. This is thanks to a buyback clause that Paris Saint Germain inserted into his move away from the French capital 12 months ago.

They are willing to pay it thanks to Simons’ meteoric rise, but transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano reports that the player himself is yet to agree to return to the Parc des Princes over doubts about his longer term position in the squad, one which he left in a bid to secure regular first team football.

Therefore, though PSG are ‘pushing’ for a deal, his future remains open, with a whole host of clubs waiting to see what the Dutch starlet ends up deciding.

A decision will have to be made in the near future, with PSG’s option on the player to expire on July 31st. Having already signed attackers Marco Asensio and Lee Kang In this summer along with the stars already on their books it is hard is hard to see where Simons would fit in immediately.

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Ben Browning

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