Arteta targets Brugge star for Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly set his sights on a £22-million move for Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter have all been linked with Aubameyang who is likely to be sold at a cut-price with only one-year remaining on his current deal.

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The potential exit will leave a gaping hole in the Gunners attack, as the Gabon captain developed into their attacking talisman with 61 goals in 97 games since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

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According to the Daily Mail, the London-based outfit has now identified Nigeria international Dennis as the ideal replacement for the prolific hitman, after being impressed his displays at the 2019/20 Jupiler Pro League champions.

Dennis rose to prominence this season after scoring a brace in the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu and the English publication suggests they face competition from Sheffield United, Watford, Newcastle and Brighton.

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Speaking to La Dernier Here Brugge manager Philippe Clement, who suggested that he may sign Percy Tau on a permanent deal in the off-season believes it's time for Dennis to develop at a bigger club.

"It is very likely Dennis will leave," Clement confirmed to the Belgian publication. "He can also count on a lot of interest. It is the time for him to take a new step."

Dennis known for his high-work rate and blistering pace scored nine goals in 33 games across all competitions this season.