Arsenal ‘consider re-signing Donyell Malen from PSV Eindhoven’ but Gunners would have to pay £48m for player they let go for £500k in 2017
- Malen, 21, has scored 17 goals and contributed nine assists for PSV this season
- Dutch club’s asking price is £48m with Arsenal reportedly among those keen
- But the Gunners allowed Malen to leave for just £500,000 back in 2017
- He spent two years in the club’s academy but didn’t play for the first-team
Arsenal ‘are considering re-signing PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen for £48million’ as they look for a long-term replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The 21-year-old Holland international was in Arsenal’s academy for two years between 2015 and 2017, playing for the Gunners’ first team in various pre-season matches.
But Arsenal sold Malen to Dutch club PSV for just £500,000 and he has since made big strides in realising his potential in the Eredivisie.
Arsenal ‘are considering a move for their former player Donyell Malen’ of PSV Eindhoven
The forward played for Arsenal’s academy sides for two years between 2015 and 2017
Malen has scored 17 goals and contributed nine assists across all competitions for PSV this season.
And, according to French outlet Le 10 Sport, his form has sparked interest from Arsenal but they would have to pay £48million to get him back to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal could well have to look for a new centre forward if they lose leading scorer Aubameyang this summer, with Barcelona and Inter Milan interested in a player who has 20 goals this season.
Manager Mikel Arteta has said he wants to keep Aubameyang ‘under any circumstances’ but with the forward’s contract set to expire in the summer of 2021, this would be the last chance to get a sizeable profit for him.
Malen is enjoying an excellent season, with 17 goals and nine assists for PSV in all competitions
The striker scored for Holland in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Germany last September
Malen said in an interview last year that he made the decision to leave Arsenal in order to gain more first-team football and not because of fitness issues as had been suggested at the time.
He told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: ‘That I was sent away from Arsenal is certainly not true.
‘I still had a contract for a year and Arsenal even wanted to extend that.
‘I don’t play football for the money. I never did that. Otherwise I would not have left England.
‘There are stories that I was not fit when I came to Arsenal. But I have never been too fat, that really is a nonsense story.
‘It may sound silly, but I may have learned the most from the young boys such as Reiss Nelson.
‘They were used to a completely different kind of football, really that English style.’
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