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‘Difficult to keep’: Director fears £25m star will leave after Arsenal bid

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Udinese are bracing themselves for Nahuel Molina’s departure after Premier League giants Arsenal made a bid for the Argentina international, director Pierpaolo Marino tells Tuttosport

With Kieran Tierney injury prone and Nuno Tavares inconsistent, a new left-back is right at the top of Mikel Arteta’s summer to-do list. But don’t be surprised if Arsenal bring in reinforcements on the opposite flank too. 

Hector Bellerin looks certain to have played his final game for the London giants after an impressive loan spell at boyhood club Real Betis. And Molina would represent not only a substantial upgrade on the limited Cedric Soares but a more attacking alternative to the reliable yet restrained Takehiro Tomiyasu. 

The swashbuckling Molina mustered eight goals and five assists for a mid-table Udinese in 2021/22, putting him up there with Trent Alexander-Arnold as one of Europe’s most productive attacking full-backs. 

According to Marca, Arsenal have already made a bid for the Juventus and Atletico Madrid target. A man valued in the region of £25 million. 

Udinese are expecting offers for fellow full-back Destiny Udogie. But, according to Marino, Molina is the man most likely to leave the Dacia Arena before the summer is out. 

ARSENAL WANT UDINESE’S NAHUEL MOLINA

“It is difficult for Udogie to leave in the summer. We are convinced that by staying with us for another year he can raise his value, which is now difficult to identify after just one season, and at such young age,” says Marino. 

“Molina, on the other hand, is a player who, due to the interest he is attracting in Italy and abroad, will be difficult to keep.” 

Marino, it seems, would prefer to sell Molina to a rival Serie A club. Presumably so he can keep a close eye on the defender’s development elsewhere in the Italian top flight. 

“I hope that an Italian team will pick him up and enhance him. I think Juventus can do it,” the director adds. 

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