Club Brugge winger Noa Lang has confirmed that Arsenal did try to sign him as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the January transfer window but time ran out to complete the deal.
Aubameyang moved on a free transfer to Barcelona on deadline day, leaving it very late for the Gunners to bring in reinforcements, but Lang says he was being lined up for a switch to the Emirates:
“One of them [Aubameyang] only really left at the last minute [and] they [Arsenal] wanted to hire someone quickly. But that was no longer possible.”
Lang has since been linked with transfers to AC Milan and West Ham, and asked about his future plans, the Dutchman said he does harbour ambitions of playing for a club like Real Madrid in the future but he won’t be looking to make such a big step straight away:
“[I want to go] to a very nice, big club. One that prefers to play in the Champions League. A club that hits the top. Look, I’m 22. Have all the time. I don’t have to go from Club [Brugge] to Real Madrid – that step is an incredible step. Moreover, you [don’t] get there as a boy from Club [Brugge]. I first want to perform well elsewhere, and then sign like a big boy at the absolute world top. I’m sure I’ll get there anyway. I’m on schedule.”
It does seem doubtful that Arsenal will go back in for Lang. Although the 22-year-old had a good season for Club Brugge, scoring nine goals and providing 15 assists in 48 games, there are plenty of other targets that Mikel Arteta’s side will be looking to pursue instead.