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According to the latest update, Arsenal are preparing a big-money move to sign Ollie Watkins from Aston Villa but the striker is also wanted by Liverpool.

The Gunners are set to be readying an offer of around €76 million for the 28-year-old after he’s just had a sensational season at Villa Park. However, it will not be easy for Arsenal to land Watkins because Arne Slot is viewing him as the replacement for Darwin Nunez should he leave for Barcelona.

Aston Villa have just qualified for the Champions League after 40 long years and Unai Emery will definitely not want to lose one of his most important assets but there are reports that an insanely lucrative offer might force the club to cash in on him in the coming months.

Is sending €80-90 million on Ollie Watkins worth it?

Ollie Watkins has come off age at Aston Villa and this season he scored 19 goals along with 13 assists in 37 Premier League matches. The 28-year-old had an xG of 16.88 and an xA of 4.16 and he was one of the major reasons why Villa grabbed a UCL spot.

Ollie Watkins is primarily a centre-forward but he can also play as a left-winger which is an added versatility. In his senior career, Watkins has played 71 times out on the left wing so it’s not like he plays there just to fill up positions.

Arsenal’s offer of €76 million will most certainly be rejected because Watkins’ contract with Villa expires in 2028 and his current market value is €65 million.

Liverpool and Arsenal will have to offer at least €80 million to even make Villa’s head turn. Ollie Watkins joined Villa from Brentford in 2020 and in these four years, the forward has had 96 goal contributions in just 169 games. Based on just the previous two seasons, paying €80-90 million for the England international is very much justified.

Will the forward choose Arsenal or Liverpool?

Ollie Watkins will get to play in the Champions League next season which is the ultimate dream for every player in Europe but that does not mean that he won’t be tempted to leave Villa Park.

Arsenal and Liverpool are two of the biggest clubs in the world and at either team, he will have a great chance of winning silverware each and every season.

Liverpool have a new manager but we are confident that they will only go after Watkins if Darwin Nunez leaves the club. Arsenal, on the other hand, are set to offload both Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Jesus so signing a new centre-forward is a priority for Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners have been linked with some of the top talents in Europe but it looks like Arteta wants to add a player to his squad who has already proved himself in the Premier League. If Ollie Watkins can get a guarantee of being the main striker at the Emirates next season, the 28-year-old will definitely ask to leave Aston Villa.

Liverpool’s interest will totally depend on what Arne Slot wants to do because some experts believe that the new boss wants to bring in players who he is familiar with and has been from close quarters.