FC Porto winger Christian Atsu has revealed his desire to move to the Premier League this summer – alerting both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The two clubs, along with Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool, have been linked with a move for the Ghanaian international in the past, and now have a clear indication that the player would be willing to listen to offers from England.
Atsu joined the Portuguese Primera Liga champions as a youth team player and still has one year left on his contract at the Estádio do Dragão. However, he’s told the club he will not be signing a new deal and hopes a transfer resolution can be reached.
"I spoke to the club [Porto] before I came away on international duty and informed them that I won't be signing a new deal. The club have made their feelings clear to me after I refused to sign a new deal and I hope we can reach a resolution soon,” Atsu told Sky Sports.
"It has always been my dream to play in England and it is flattering to be linked with some big Premier League clubs. At the moment I am focused on Ghana's World Cup games, but I see my future in England and I hope I will have more news after these games."
Atsu would fit nicely into Arsene Wenger’s 4-3-3 formation at Arsenal, offering the Frenchman an extra option on the flanks at the Emirates Stadium.
The African speedster would challenge Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a place in the Gunners’ side.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas prefers a 4-2-3-1 formation at White Hart Lane, but that would still provide opportunities for Atsu to make an impact if he moved to north London.
That said, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale have made the positions their own for Tottenham Hotspur last season, and Atsu may struggle to dislodge the duo in the starting line-up.
And, without Champions League football to offer, Spurs could well be at a disadvantage in a transfer battle against their capital rivals Arsenal.