Villarreal manager Unai Emery has admitted that Arsenal target Yeremy Pino could leave the club if a suitable offer arrives for him this summer.
The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to the Gunners and Liverpool in recent weeks.
He apparently has a release clause of £67 million, but the Yellow Submarines are open to accepting bids between £33.8 and £42.3 million.
Emery, who managed Arsenal for around a year and a half between 2018 and 2019, has now admitted that Pino is up for sale this summer. Speaking at a press conference before his team’s opening La Liga game of the season against Real Valladolid, he said (h/t Football.London):
“If an offer arrives for players like Yeremy Pino, then he will have to leave. We have a responsibility with the club. It is what it is.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen to sign more players this summer. The Gunners have signed Marquinhos, Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Matt Turner, and Fabio Vieira in the past couple of months.
However, the exits of Pierre-Emerick Aubamyeng and Alexandre Lacazette in consecutive transfer windows has left them wanting in attack. Beyond Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, Arteta doesn’t have too many options on the flanks he can trust.
Nicolas Pepe has struggled to get any sort of regular playing time under the Spaniard and started just five Premier League games last season.
It remains to be seen if Arteta will trust Reiss Nelson, who returned from a loan spell at Feyenoord, and Marquinhos, who is currently playing in Premier League 2.
Pino has mustered decent experience with Villarreal’s senior side despite being a teenager. He scored six goals and provided four assists in 31 La Liga games during the last campaign.