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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen his squad in January, and one promising young player has caught the attention of the Gunners.
Arteta has realized that his team isn’t strong enough to compete in all tournaments after losing 3-1 to West Ham United in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, with a makeshift Arsenal side comfortably dispatched at the London Stadium.
Injuries to Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey, and Gabriel Jesus have had an impact on the field, but the Gunners are focused on future difficulties that will hinder their advancement in both the Premier League and the Champions League.
With that in mind, the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha reports that Arsenal is interested in Sporting Lisbon’s Geny Catamo, who has a reputed £52 million release clause.
Catamo has started every game for Sporting this season, excelling at both right and left wing-back. The Portuguese team now uses a 3-4-2-1 shape, which means the 22-year-old is expected to operate up and down the sides. In 13 games this season, he has assisted two goals and scored twice himself, garnering the attention of the Arsenal scouting squad.
The Mozambique international is a versatile footballer who can both play full-back and as an out-and-out winger, giving Mikel Arteta more options going forward.
Catamo, who is naturally left-footed, has a contract with Sporting until June 2025. Though his £52 million release clause may deter prospective buyers, Sporting may attempt to sell Catamo for a lower amount either in January or next summer in order to cash in on him before losing him for free.