Arsenal have already held talks for €40m Champions League hero – but face stiff competition

David Neres

Neres scored a crucial equaliser against Juventus in the first leg of this week’s Champions League quarter-final, but his performances had already caught the attention of clubs across Europe.

He also netted in the 4-1 demolition of Real Madrid in the previous round.

The 22-year-old, who has one cap for Brazil, is expected to cost at least £35 million if anyone is going to be successful in luring him away from the Johan Cruyff Arena at the end of the season.

According to The Telegraph (opens in new tab), Arsenal and Everton are foremost among the clubs chasing his signature, with Borussia Dortmund and PSG also seriously looking at the forward. Liverpool have been strongly linked (opens in new tab), while Manchester United and Chelsea have also expressed some interest.

Neres’s current contract runs until 2022, but is expected to be one of many departures from Ajax this summer. Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to join Barcelona, while Matthijs de Ligt is also the centre of much speculation.


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Conor Pope
Online Editor

Conor Pope is the Online Editor of FourFourTwo, overseeing all digital content, and joined the team in February 2019. He plays football regularly, both on grass and artificial surfaces, and has a large, discerning and ever-growing collection of football shirts from around the world.

He supports Blackburn Rovers and holds a season ticket with south London non-league side Dulwich Hamlet. His main football passions include Tugay, the San Siro and only using a winter ball when it snows.