Premier League rivals make Arsenal player Mikel Arteta 'loves' their transfer 'priority'

Emile Smith Rowe
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Fulham have reportedly made Emile Smith Rowe a priority signing ahead of the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old, following on from a challenging 2022/23 campaign, made minimal appearances this season. He played just a total of 474 minutes and made 13 Premier League appearances.

Competition for places is rife with Declan Rice, Jorginho, Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey all ahead of him in the pecking order. With that said, the club may look at considering offers for the midfielder despite Mikel Arteta still being a huge fan of him.

The Gunners boss previously said: "I love him as a player, he is a joy to watch. How he moves, changes direction and how physical he was today without the ball. He went into duels and won a lot of them and was thinking with that killer instinct to play forward and make things happen.

"When Emile is in that moment, it’s very difficult to stop him. Today he helped us a lot to win the game."

The Telegraph reports that Smith Rowe is high on Fulham's recruitment agenda and the Cottagers would be ready to bid early in the window, which is set to open on June 14. Willian is said to be attracting interest from Saudi Arabia while Bobby De Cordova-Reid is out of contract but has been offered a nw deal.

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The report adds that Arsenal will listen to offers to a number of fringe players this summer, with Aaron Ramsdale and Eddie Nketiah as players who could also move on for regular football.

Smith Rowe came through Arsenal's academy, joining the club at the age of ten. After progressing through the youth ranks, he made his debut for the first team in 2018 against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League.

He still has two years left on his contract after extending his stay in 2021. A sale would help Arsenal balance the books from a Profit and Sustainability perspective.