According to Todo Fichajes, Arsenal have ‘started conversations’ to sign Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo this summer.
The Spanish news outlet claim that Real Madrid want Matondo, but have now received competition from teams back in England.
Chelsea are allegedly keen, but it’s Arsenal who have started talks. They’ve contacted his entourage, according to this report, with the aim of bringing him back to the Premier League.
Matondo, 19, was in the Manchester City ranks before joining Schalke last year. That means that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may well be familiar with the wide man from their time at the Etihad Stadium.
Matondo failed to make a senior appearance for City, but spent three years there whilst Arteta worked alongside Pep Guardiola.
Another interesting note is that Arteta coached Matondo back in 2015. Arteta coached the Wales Under-16’s as part of his coaching A Licence, and Matondo was one player he worked with.
The teenager decided to try his hand at German football last year, making a €13million (£11.5million) move to Schalke. He has notched one goal in 15 games since joining the Bundesliga side.
A Welsh international, Matondo has huge potential and would provide Arsenal with a speedy, young attacker who can play on either flank – something the Gunners certainly need.
This isn’t a top-tier source, but as a Spanish outlet, they may have information regarding Real’s pursuit and the stumbling blocks in their way. One of those stumbling blocks could well be Arsenal, with Matondo a potential target for the Gunners.