Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga would prefer to join Arsenal and work under manager Mikel Arteta, according to AS journalist Manu Sainz.
The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the best upcoming midfielders in the Spanish top flight.
He has enjoyed a fine breakthrough season with nine goals and four assists from 31 league appearances.
His progress has caught the eye of many elite European clubs including Real Madrid, but Sainz claims that Arsenal could be the most likely destination for the midfielder during the next transfer window.
He said: “The club in England he likes the most, which we published a while back, is Arsenal. Arsenal is the club.
If Arsenal gets into the bidding for Veiga, then they will most likely get him because he enjoys the football Arsenal play and he would like to work with Arteta. It’s football, and he would have an advantage there.”
Veiga would be a quality long-term signing for Arsenal
The Spain Under-21 international has operated from the central and attacking midfield positions this campaign. The majority of his goal contributions have come from the centre of the park.
Veiga could be seen as a potential back-up to Granit Xhaka next season. He possesses a strong physical presence and has won 1.3 tackles and nearly four duels per appearance.
Celta are currently holding out for his €40 million release clause, and it remains to be seen whether the Gunners are prepared to make such a huge outlay for a young emerging star.
Veiga still needs to improve with his overall distribution, but the Spaniard possesses good dribbling skills and has the knack for getting into the final third from the number eight role.
If Arsenal were to sign Veiga this summer, questions could be raised over the future of Fabio Vieira. We won’t be surprised if the Portuguese is sent out on a season-long loan.
The former Porto graduate has struggled to cope with the physicality and intensity of the Premier League.
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