“They waited until I scouted this player before they tabled a huge bid for him, that is typically how Arsenal behave”- Man City boss Pep Guardiola revealed his rage after Arsenal wrecked Man City’s ambitions by completing a massive £155 double deal for goal machine and….
Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, expressed disappointment after Arsenal outmanoeuvred them in a remarkable £155 million double deal for young star Ousmane Diomande and prolific scorer Viktor Gyokeres.
According to Guardiola, the Gunners carefully waited for Guardiola to scout Diomande before withdrawing their hefty bid, displaying a tactical move typical of Arsenal’s behaviour.
Diomande, a 20-year-old Sporting defender, has been a sought-after player in the Premier League after impressing in Portugal.
He is seen as a future “complete defender” due to his tenacity, aerial power, and ability to play out from the back.
Arsenal, which had earlier placed a £30 million proposal, is allegedly determined to sign Diomande, with manager Mikel Arteta a long-time admirer of the player since his breakthrough at FC Midtjylland.
While Manchester City and Newcastle United have joined the hunt for Diomande, it appears Arsenal is the clear favourite.
The Gunners are also interested in Sporting’s center-forward Gyokeres, who has 15 goals in 18 games this season. Gyokeres, who had a standout season at Coventry City last season, has emerged as a potential striker option for Arsenal, challenging the Gunners’ current No. 9, Gabriel Jesus.
Arsenal’s interest in both players indicates the club’s desire to improve both its defensive and offensive capabilities.
However, the price is high because Sporting demands full release clause payments for mid-season signings. With Gyokeres’ release clause set at €100 million (£86 million) and Diomande’s at €80 million (£69 million), Arsenal will have to spend a significant £155 million to get both players in the forthcoming transfer window.
Sporting manager Ruben Amorim stressed the club’s reluctance to sell in January, citing meeting release clauses as the only possible alternative.
Despite the financial obstacles, Arsenal is keen to add the young combination to their team, disrupting Manchester City’s plans in the process.