Arsenal keen on man dubbed ‘much better than Antony’ this summer

The Gunners are ready to keep spending this summer

Arsenal are considering a move for Ajax forward Mohamed Kudus, and have already been told that he would be a better signing than Antony should they be able to land the Ghanaian ahead of the new season.

The Gunners have already made three major signings this summer, with Kai Havertz, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber all making their debuts in the pre-season win over the MLS all-stars on Thursday morning.

Having spent over £200m, focus is switching to departures as things stand, with the likes of Kieran Tierney, Nuno Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Cedric Soares and Nicolas Pepe all likely to follow Granit Xhaka out of the exit door in north London.

However, they remain keen on further additions should they be able to make space in the squad, and have reportedly identified Kudus as a potential new signing.

The 22-year-old is widely expected to depart Amsterdam this summer, and has been in talks with Brighton over a move to the Premier League. As per the Daily Mail, ‘his versatility is known to be particularly attractive to Arsenal’s recruitment staff’, and he could help provide cover for Bukayo Saka, who started 37 of Arsenal’s 38 Premier League games last season.

Available for a fee of around £40m, Netherlands legend Marco Van Basten has already given his blessing to the move, and believes that the forward is a ‘much better footballer’ than Antony, who joined Manchester United for £80m 12 months ago.

“I find Mohammed Kudus a much better football player than Antony”, he explained. “Antony has his skills, but he is confused with the things he is trying to do! Kudus has much better technique and he knows what he is doing. Antony may be faster, but Kudus is smarter and more technical.”

“He is much more of a footballer, you can place him anywhere on the pitch, an all-rounder for the team.” The Dutch great then added: “In fact, I like him much better than Antony. He’s more fun to watch play.”

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