Arsenal are closing in on a cut-price move for Sporting Lisbon prospect Tiago Tomas, with Gunners technical director Edu reported to have kicked-off transfer talks.
At 18-years-old Tomas is already playing a key role for the unbeaten league leaders, having only made his Liga NOS debut late last season.
The striker has fired two goals, provided two assists, and is yet to miss a league match so far this season – with eight of the striker’s 18 appearances coming in the starting XI.
The Gunners face Sporting’s city rivals Benfica in the Europa League next week, so both Edu and Gunners manager Mikel Arteta both sat down to watch the Lisbon sides face-off earlier this month.
Both men were impressed by Tomas’ performance, leading Edu to reach-out to Sporting’s director of football Hugo Viana over a summer transfer, according to the Sun.
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Before his senior debut in July Tomas signed a five-year contract at the Portuguese side, with a £52m release clause bolted to the deal.
The Gunners may have dodged a deal at that price but with clubs feeling the pinch as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on, Sporting could accept a bid of just £20m.