Arsenal face £5m transfer fight with Stoke over Danish hitman


Arsenal face a transfer battle with Stoke City over Danish striker Andreas Cornelius.

The 20-year-old forward is currently leading the race for the Golden Boot in his homeland, scoring 17 Superleague goals for FC Copenhagen. He also netted his first international goal against Czech Republic last month.

And, Potters stopper Thomas Sorensen has confirmed that the Premier League club are interested in bringing the player to the Britannia Stadium.

"There is definitely interest for Cornelius from Stoke City. This is not the first time that I have been consulted about Danish players and I've told them that he is a special talent and that he has done well in Denmark,” the stopper told

"I said that he would be worth a look and they have done that. Now it is up to the club to decide whether he is the right fit for them and to discover if he would be interested."

Manager Tony Pulis is reported to have been in the crowd for Copenhagen’s draw against Odense on Sunday, and Sorensen is hopeful that the Britannia Stadium is an attractive option for the player.

"As a young player it is important to play every game and I'm sure Cornelius will factor that into his final decision,” the keeper added.

"He does have the right build for Premier League football and I sense that he has the right attitude. Only time will tell if he ends up at Stoke City."

Sorensen is likely referring to interest from Arsenal, with Sky Sports reporting that Arsene Wenger will provide competition for the player’s signature.

Indeed, reports in The Sun last month claimed that the Gunners had sent scouts to watch the player during the aforementioned World Cup qualifier, and Cornelius has even spoken on the interest from north London.

“It is a huge pat on the back,” he replied, when questioned on the interest of Arsenal.

The paper also claimed the forward is rated at £5million, meaning both clubs could afford Cornelius in the summer transfer window.

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