PSV Eindhoven whizzkid Xavi Simons has reportedly garnered interest from three top Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
After failing to land regular senior football at Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain despite being considered a generational talent, the 19-year-old has blossomed at the Philips Stadium.
While the two European heavyweights had no time to wait for the Dutchman to develop his potential, the Peasants have been patient and are about to be rewarded for their patience.
Tired of playing for PSG’s youth team, Simons severed ties with joint-record Ligue 1 champions to join the Eindhoven outfit on a five-year deal last summer.
He has taken the Eredivisie by storm this season, registering an eye-catching 14 goals and eight assists in 28 league appearances for PSV, and is currently the league’s joint-top goalscorer.
In addition to establishing himself as a permanent first-team fixture on the Netherlands national team, the prodigious midfielder has generated several high-profile suitors in the Premier League.
The Gunners are in search of a new creative midfielder to bolster their talent pool, focusing on young players with potential – a strategy they have pursued since the glory days of Arsene Wenger.
Nothing has changed during Mikel Arteta’s reign.
Arsenal have one of the youngest starting line-ups in the Premier League, and Simons would perfectly fit their bid to assemble an ultra-competitive squad for years to come.
There’s hardly a talented player in the market not followed by the new Chelsea owners.
All jokes aside, the Blues could use some creativity in the engine room after enduring the worst top-flight campaign in the 21st century.
Despite their spending spree under Todd Boehly, Chelsea couldn’t buy European qualification, which may deter Simons from considering a move to Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool are on the verge of missing out on Champions League football, which will likely warrant a massive squad overhaul in the summer, with several long-serving stars set to exit Anfield.
With Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to leave the club as free agents at the end of the season, Jurgen Klopp is on the lookout for a new advanced playmaker.
Simons fits the bill, while Liverpool can always rely on their captain and the Dutchman’s international colleague, Virgil van Dijk, to help to broker his switch to Merseyside.
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