Report: £21m Arsenal target refusing to extend contract, club now desperate to sell

Porto are actively looking to sell reported Arsenal target Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona as the Mexico international refuses to extend his contract in Portugal, as reported by ABC de Sevilla.

When the rumours surfaced this week suggesting the Premier League powerhouses were looking to bring Corona to England, it was believed the former Eredivisie wizard would replace the underperforming Willian on the right-hand side of Mikel Arteta’s attack.

But could the 28-year-old actually be tasked with taking the baton from Hector Bellerin instead?

It’s no secret the longest-serving member of Arteta’s squad is free to leave the Emirates in the summer transfer window.

And while Corona may have arrived at Porto as a jet-heeled winger in 2015, he has developed into a more defensively minded player under Sergio Conceicao – albeit one still capable of producing numbers Trent Alexander-Arnold would be proud of down the right-hand side.

ARSENAL EYE CORONA BUT WILL THEY TRIGGER RELEASE CLAUSE?

In the past two seasons, Corona has racked up 24 assists, largely from his new-look full-back role.

So it would be interesting to find out where the former Monterrey and FC Twente man fits in should Arsenal trigger the £21 million release clause in his contract.

According to reports in Spain, Sevilla are also long-time admirers of Corona. And Porto certainly wouldn’t stand in his way.

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In fact, The Dragons are actively looking to encourage offers in the hope of selling the 58-cap wideman now rather than risk losing him on a free in 12 months’ time.

Corona, who has also been linked with West Ham United, Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, is refusing to extend his contract too.

So could Porto be tempted to let the two-time Primeira Liga champion go for even less than the £21 million price tag that has already fallen substantially since last summer?

 

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