Arsenal and Liverpool to battle for 'the Spanish Jude Bellingham': report

Arsenal and Liverpool managers Mikel Arteta and Jurgen Klopp share a moment before the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on July 15, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.
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Arsenal and Liverpool are going head-to-head for the signing of a player compared to Jude Bellingham.

Liverpool have been said to have put the England international at the top of their summer shopping list, after a tough season in which their midfield has been badly exposed. The Reds have a number of stars coming to the end of their contract this summer and are expected to make wholesale changes, particularly in the middle of the park.

But while Arsenal haven't been linked quite so extensively with a move for Bellingham, their midfield has also been touted for reinforcements. The Gunners have Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka as first-choice No.8s, with only Fabio Vieira on the bench as another option. 

Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich and Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München at Signal Iduna Park on October 8, 2022 in Dortmund, Germany.

Jude Bellingham has reportedly been tracked by Liverpool and Arsenal (Image credit: Ralf Treese/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Spanish outlet AS are reporting that Liverpool are pursuing a move for Celta Vigo star, Gabri Veiga. The 20-year-old has been a breakout star in La Liga this season for his box-to-box profile, while his nine goals from the midfield make him the top-scoring central midfielder in Europe's top five leagues this term.

The Reds are said to be willing to pay the €40 million release clause – which would be considerably cheaper than the nine-figure fee expected to secure Bellingham's signature. 

According to another Spanish outlet, Mundo Deportivo however, Veiga prefers a move to the table-toppers this summer in order to link up with countryman Mikel Arteta.

With the midfielder still developing, a move to the Gunners could well favour Veiga's progression, giving him the opportunity to play a little more sporadically and be moulded by Arteta. Plus, Arsenal seem a little more certain of offering Champions League at current. 

Gabri Veiga of Celta Vigo celebrates after scores his sides third goal during the LaLiga Santander match between RC Celta and Real Valladolid CF at Estadio Balaidos on February 26, 2023 in Vigo, Spain.

Gabri Veiga of Celta Vigo is a wanted man this summer (Image credit: Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Arsenal and Liverpool still have to play each other this season, with the Gunners travelling to Anfield in April.

Veiga is valued at €30 million by Transfermarkt

More Arsenal and Liverpool stories

Jurgen Klopp has addressed the "clear need" for a Liverpool rebuild this summer – and reports suggest there could be a lot of money spent.

Josko Gvardiol is a top target, with Mason Mount on the wishlist, too. Seven other players are in the summer plans, with an eye on the future as well. A player dubbed "the next Luka Modric" could be targeted, while Benfica's latest starlet Florentino Luis is being considered. 15-year-old Kendry Paez is also being linked

The rumour mill is going into overdrive with Arsenal leading the way in the race to sign Declan Rice. One source claims a contract has been agreed with the midfielder, though Manchester City are interested, too. West Ham apparently have a successor lined up.

In other rumours, Raheem Sterling is being targeted, with a centre-forward on the wishlist, according to reports. A bid for Raphinha has been revealed while Rasmus Holjund of Atalanta is on the radar, too. January target Ivan Fresneda is still wanted by the Gunners, as well. 

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.