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Club Brugge manager Philippe Clement has admitted to Voetbal International Noa Lang could leave in the January transfer window as Arsenal reportedly line up a £25 million bid.

Yes, it was ‘only Gibraltar’. 

But there’s no getting away from the fact that, on his first start for the Dutch national team, Lang gave his already burgeoning reputation a shot in the arm during Monday’s World Cup qualifier.

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With a performance full of skill and style, a winger who was bombed out of Ajax because of concerns over his mentality showed that while his attitude may have been questioned, there’s no doubting his ability.  

“The quality just radiates from him. He reminds me of Robin van Persie,” beamed former Netherlands striker Pierre van Hooijdonk after Lang set up one of Holland’s goals in a comfortable 6-0 win. 

Is Noa Lang heading to Arsenal in January?

Club Brugge pulled off a sizeable coup when they lured Lang to the Belgian capital last year.

And, after the one-time Celtic and Leeds United target fired Clement’s side to Jupiler League glory in 2020/21, there’s an acceptance Lang is unlikely to see out a contract that expires in 2025. 

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“I’m realistic when it comes to things like this,” Clement sighs. “If there’s an impossible-to-refuse offer for him, we won’t be able to stop him in January.  

“I’d rather he finish the season, win a title and be important. But we’ll see what happens in January.”

According to Belgian publication Voetbal 24, Arsenal hope an offer in the region of £25 million would do the trick.

Club Brugge are holding out for about £10 million more, however, and interest from the likes of AC Milan could spark a transfer tug-of-war among some of the biggest clubs on the continent. 

Lang produced 17 goals and 11 assists in his debut season at the Jan Breydel Stadium, his stylish performances on the left-hand side earning comparisons with PSG superstar Neymar. 

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