Arsenal and Liverpool are a reportedly part of a Premier League quartet chasing the signature of Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka.
According to a report by The Guardian, Patson Daka is being eyed by a number of Premier League clubs over a possible move in the future. Four of the ‘Big Six’ sides in Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Mamchester City, in particular, are keeping a keen eye on his progress and a transfer battle for the 22-year-old might well be on the cards.
Patson Daka joined Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2017, but it was not until the 2019/20 season that he finally enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with the Austrian giants. Having inspired the club’s youth side to the UEFA Youth League triumph the previous season, his stock was already quite high.
Daka, though, has come into his own ever since Erling Haaland’s departure to Borussia Dortmund earlier this year, and the 22-year-old’s numbers this season are quite simply stunning. Daka has turned out 17 times across all competitions for Salzburg, with 15 goals and 5 assists to show for his efforts. His progress has alerted Arsenal and Liverpool among other Premier League bigwigs.
Arsenal have been in all sorts of trouble this term, with their cumulative output in the final third leaving a lot to be desired. While the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and a few others have invariably failed to make an impact, it is the struggles of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that points towards a big problem in Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Gunners do need to sign a creative midfielder, but landing a striker also seems to be on their agenda, which explains the interest in Diego Costa. Daka, though, would be more of a viable target for Arsenal, considering the fact that his best years are well ahead of him. As for Liverpool, the 22-year-old might be more of a backup option.
The Premier League champions have a well-settled attacking unit in Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, with Diogo Jota also making an instant impact since joining from Wolves. Having said that, Liverpool might be forced into the market for an attacking reinforcement, seeing as Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi face an uncertain future at Anfield.
To that end, Daka is an option worth considering for Liverpool, who also face competition from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. Personally for Daka, however, a move to Arsenal might make sense as far as raking in regular game-time is concerned, although Liverpool and Manchester City would definitely offer him a better chance of winning silverware.
For now, the Premier League quartet is simply monitoring the progress of Daka, who continues to go from strength to strength. It will now be interesting to see if any of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City end up launching the offensive for the Zambian striker anytime soon.