Arsenal ready to pay release clause for 28-year-old Porto star

By | July 22, 2021

Arsenal are keen on signing Porto attacker Jesus Corona and are considering activating a £21.4 million release clause in the midfielder’s deal.

The 28-year-old star helped the Portuguese side to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season and provided an impressive 13 assists in 48 games in all competitions.

He is primarily a right wide attacker but his ability to play at right-back is another reason that Corona has caught Mikel Arteta’s eye, with the Spaniard interested in replacing Hector Bellerin.

Arsenal purchased Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea last year but the Brazilian has failed to impress in the capital and the Gunners are open to offers for the ex-Shakhtar Donetsk man.

Corona could therefore replace the Brazilian if Arsenal accept a bid for the star and Corona’s £21.4m buy-out clause is seen as relatively good value, while it’d make the deal easier considering there would be no need to negotiate with the Dragons.

However, the Gunners face competition from Fiorentina and Sevilla for Corona’s signature, according to a recent report from the Daily Mail.

Arsenal may consider bidding below Corona’s exit clause as he only has one year left on his contract at the club but the north Londoners would risk losing out to a club ready to fork out the £21.4m fee.