Arsenal, Chelsea AND Tottenham in transfer battle for £43m Eredivisie sensation: report

Santiago Gimenez of Feyenoord Rotterdam looks on during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and Go Ahead Eagles at Feyenoord Stadium on September 30, 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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London rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham could battle it out for Feyenoord striker Santiago Gimenez.

The Mexico international hit the headlines on Wednesday as became the first player in Feyenoord's history to score a hat-trick away at the Rotterdam club's arch-rivals Ajax.

Feyenoord ran out 4-0 winners in that game, with Gimenez bagging his seventh, eighth and ninth goals of the season – before he reached double figures by bagging his side's third goal in a 3-1 victory over Go Ahead Eagles three days later.

Santiago Gimenez of Feyenoord celebrates 0-2 during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax v Feyenoord at the Johan Cruijff Arena on September 24, 2023 in Amsterdam Netherlands.

Gimenez has scored 33 goals in 53 appearances for Feyenoord (Image credit: Getty Images)

And Gimenez's prolific start to the campaign appears to have piqued the interest of Premier League clubs.

According to Fichajes, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs are all keeping tabs on the 22-year-old – who found the net 15 times en route to Feyenoord's Eredivisie title triumph last term.

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Gimenez joined Feyenoord from Mexican outfit Cruz Azul in the summer of 2022, signing a four-year contract – which he extended by a further year this summer.

Born in Argentina, he has been capped 20 times by Mexico – where he grew up – and was named in their preliminary squad for the 2022 World Cup, although he did not make the final cut.

Santiago Gimenez of Mexico celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during the Concacaf Gold Cup final match between Mexico and Panama at SoFi Stadium on July 16, 2023 in Inglewood, California.

Gimenez bagged the winning goal for Mexico in the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Panama (Image credit: Getty Images)

Feyenoord are said to value Gimenez at €50m (£43.3m) – a fee which all three of the clubs mentioned would appear to be able to afford.

Spurs did lose Harry Kane to Bayern Munich during the last transfer window but have coped brilliantly since, enjoying a storming early season under Ange Postecoglou.

Arsenal may wish to bolster their striking options, but Chelsea are arguably the most in need: the Blues have scored just five Premier League goals this term – the joint second-fewest in the division – although it should be noted that £52m summer signing Christopher Nkunku has yet to feature due to injury.

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