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Arsenal keen on to agree deal for 27-year-old former Lille’s forward

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in securing the services of Portuguese playmaker Xeka, who is a free agent after leaving Lille.

The 27-year-old initially arrived at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy on season-long loan deal in January 2017 before securing a permanent deal in the summer of that same year, having previously represented Braga and Valencia at youth level.

Xeka was a regular fixture in the Dogues midfield during his five-and-a-half year spell with the Ligue 1 side and made 33 appearances during their title-winning season in 2020-21.

 

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The Portuguese – who also won the Trophee des Champions with Lille – totalled nine goals and seven assists in 144 games for Les Dogues, including four goals and one assist from 31 outings last term.

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Despite allowing Renato Sanches to join Paris Saint-Germain, Lille also allowed Xeka to run down his contract, and the free agent is now on the lookout for a new club.

 

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According to 90Min, Xeka’s representatives have offered Arsenal and numerous other clubs – including other teams in the Premier League – the chance to sign their client.

 

The report adds that the 27-year-old is yet to receive a concrete offer from the North London club, but he has nevertheless garnered “positive” responses from English teams.

 

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Rennes are also understood to have been in talks over the signing of Xeka, who also earned Europa League and Champions League experience during his time at Lille.

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