Arsenal have reportedly been handed a blow in their long-running transfer pursuit of Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Tomas, with the club’s failure to qualify for European football understood to be a factor.
Mikel Arteta’s side have been in talks for months trying to land the £20million-rated promising forward from the Portuguese title winners.
But according to the Sun, finishing eighth in the English top-flight – even missing out on the Europa Conference League – means the Gunners are now less likely to get a deal over the line for the 18-year-old striker.
The talented Portuguese only made his professional debut last summer but has since become a fully-fledged member of the senior team squad for Ruben Amorim’s side.
Sportsmail claimed back in February that Arsenal were said to be in pole position to sign the ace, with Arsenal technical director Edu working on a deal.
However, the Lions’ position is stronger this year, after a domestic Primeira Liga title means they’ll qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
Staying at the club might therefore be a more attractive prospect, at least in the short term, with Sporting understood to want to keep the majority of their title-winning team together.