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Arsenal want to re-sign former forward Donyell Malen – but Liverpool are also keen

Donyell Malen

Arsenal are interested in re-signing Donyell Malen, the Dutch forward who they sold to PSV in 2017.

Malen spent the bulk of his youth career with Ajax (opens in new tab), before moving to the Emirates Stadium as a 16-year-old in 2015.

He scored 14 times in 30 appearances in his first season with Arsenal (opens in new tab)’s Under-18s, impressing coaches with his link-up play and eye for goal.

In 2016/17 Malen was used out wider more than as a centre-forward, but he again excelled and was called up to the senior squad for the pre-season tour of Australia and China ahead of the following campaign.

However, Arsenal opted to sell the attacker to PSV in August 2017, a deal which surprised many of the club’s supporters due to his excellent form in the youth ranks.

After a year with the Dutch outfit’s youth side, Malen became a regular in the first team last season, scoring 11 goals in 42 outings in all competitions.

The 20-year-old has also made a fine start to 2019/20, finding the net on 11 occasions in his 13 games so far.

He has also won his first two Netherlands caps this year, scoring in the 4-2 victory over Germany in a Euro 2020 qualifier earlier this month.

And Arsenal are now considering launching a move to re-sign their former forward, which could cost them up to £50m.

That represents a huge increase on the £500,000 that PSV paid to bring him to the Eredivisie two years ago.

The Gunners are not the only club monitoring Malen, though, with up to 45 sides rumoured to be keeping tabs on the youngster.

Liverpool (opens in new tab) are among the interested parties, but PSV will hope to hold onto the attacker until next summer at the earliest.

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon, when Aston Villa (opens in new tab) visit the Emirates Stadium.


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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).