Arsenal interested in PSV starlet Xavi Simons after impressive Eredivisie spell - but PSG still have €12m buy-back clause

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  • Simons emerges as Gunners target
  • PSG have option to buy him for €12m (£10.3m/$13m)
  • Simons enjoyed sensational season with PSV

WHAT HAPPENED? Simons has been in top form for PSV this season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions and winning a share of the Golden Boot, and he has subsequently been targeted by the Gunners. Dutch outletVi reports that Simons wants to play in the Champions League with a big club - despite PSV qualifying for the tournament this season - and Arteta's side are currently the most concrete option for the 20-year-old.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Arsenal may face some competition when it comes to signing the Netherlands international, though, as PSG - the club with whom Simons developed - have a buy-back clause worth €12m (£10.3m/$12.9m). They can activate it this summer if they so wish, but any other club would have to negotiate a fee with PSV.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Simons has recently changed agent and is now represented by Darren Dein, the son of former Gunners co-owner and vice-chairman David. That may well give the Gunners an edge if they are to be drawn into any kind of bidding war.

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WHAT NEXT FOR ARSENAL? They will face the MLS All-Stars in a pre-season friendly this month before taking on Manchester United and Barcelona in further tune-up games.

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