Arsenal face a ‘very hard battle’ to sign Club Brugge winger Noa Lang with two other clubs also interested in him, it has been reported.
The Gunners have been widely reported to have shown an interest in the highly-rated winger, although fresh reports out of his native Netherlands suggest Leeds United and AC Milan would provide stern competition for his signature.
But, after investing in their squad heavily over the summer, it is also reported that the price tag for Lang during the January transfer window could prove too much for the Gunners.
Dutch website Voetbal 24 wrote in an article published on Thursday that Lang ‘extended his contract with Club Brugge with the agreement that he may leave next summer with a good offer’.
But that doesn’t mean clubs won’t be interested in signing him come January.
The report states: “There is a very good chance that an offer will be made for Lang in the winter. After all, the interested clubs want to be too fast for each other.”
It adds that the price tag for Lang would be around €30million (£25.5million) – although this could prove too much for Arsenal.
Earlier this month Lang was awarded Man of the Match as his side drew 1-1 with PSG in the Champions League.
Awarding him the MotM, former Gunner and UEFA technical observer Giovanni van Bronckhorst said: “For me Lang was Player of the Match. Pre-assists on goal and attacking-wise he was very dangerous while being very disciplined in defence, marking Hakimi.
“To be on the same pitch as Messi, Neymar, Mbappé and play like that… The bicycle-kick was nice too!”
Sports journalist and Club Brugge watcher from Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium Bart Lagae recently told The Arsenal Way the Dutch youth international has big ambitions.
“I think Arsenal has a chance to sign him if they qualify for the Champions League next season because that’s where his ambition is,” said Lagae.
That may seem an unlikely finish for the Gunners this season but Lagae has suggested his ability eclipses that of a current wide starter for Arsenal. Further incentive for Arteta to help the team finish in the top four and snap up the 22-year-old.
“I think for Arsenal he [Lang] can on both wings. For instance, on the right, in Nicolas Pepe’s position,” explained Lagae.
“I would say he is even more focused on the goal and assisting than Pepe. He is probably a better player.
“He can have a good combination with Saka. Saka the player making runs and Lang the passer. Lang doesn’t go deep without the ball; he always asks for the ball.
“So, I think having him in combination with Saka and a striker, Aubameyang etc, would work very well.”