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Arsenal face fresh competition to rectify transfer mistake as Man Utd have key advantage

Donyell Malen is once again being linked with a move back to Arsenal having left the Gunners in 2017 to sign for PSV Eindhoven

 

Arsenal have already been told that it is Donyell Malen’s “dream” to return to the club one day. Malen was part of the Arsenal academy from 2015 to 2017, before leaving to sign for PSV Eindhoven.

Now at Borussia Dortmund, there is plenty of interest in a summer transfer for the 25-year-old forward. Malen signed a five-year deal with Dortmund in 2021, meaning he still has two years remaining on his current deal.

That would be the opportune time for the German side to cash in on him, should they want to make some money from him, with the price likely to decrease if he gets to within one year of his contract expiring.

Arsenal have been linked with bringing the forward back to north London in the past and this summer too. They sold the then 18-year-old for just £600,000, but would not have any difficulty getting him to sign.

Speaking to Voetbalzone he said: “I think, because I played in England as a youth, it is a dream to play in the Premier League. I think that is a beautiful dream.

“Yes I would [return]. I wanted Arsenal [as a teenager], my favourite club. I played there in my youth, I really wanted to break through there. Every now and then in a football career there are points at which you just have to make a decision.”

Now Arsenal face stiff competition though. Liverpool have also entered the race to sign him this summer, while Manchester United have also been linked with a move.

And United could have the advantage when it comes to dealing with Dortmund, if not with the player himself. Jadon Sancho has enjoyed an impressive return to the Bundesliga with Dortmund, since arriving on loan from the Red Devils in January and they could use Sancho in a swap deal to complete the signing of Malen.

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