Arsenal in talks with 'exciting' midfielder - already been offered a contract by Newcastle United

Arsenal young midfielder Amario Cozier-Duberry is wanted by Newcastle United. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal young midfielder Amario Cozier-Duberry is wanted by Newcastle United. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Arsenal young midfielder Amario Cozier-Duberry is wanted by Newcastle United. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) | Arsenal FC via Getty Images
Newcastle United are pushing to sign the young Arsenal midfielder - according to reports.

Newcastle United are reportedly attempting to prise Amario Cozier-Duberry away from Arsenal this summer.

The Gunners want to keep the 18-year-old, who is out-of-contract next month, and talks are ongoing. However, no agreement has yet been struck, which has alerted a number of clubs.

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According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle are among the teams chasing Cozier-Duberry having already “made a proposal”. Posting on X - formerly known as Twitter - Romano said: “Arsenal are still in talks with talent Amario Cozier-Duberry as contract negotiations have not collapsed yet.

“Newcastle want him and made a proposal but not done deal yet, several European clubs are approaching 2005 born talent. No final decision yet.”

Cozier-Duberry has been tipped for a big future and compared to Buyako Saka. On Arsenal’s website, a description of the player reads: “Amario starred at both U21 and U18 level last season, making vital contributions in our run to the FA Youth Cup final.

“The winger’s impressive form was rewarded with first-team involvement, as he came off the bench at Emirates Stadium in our friendly with Juventus in December 2022.

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“The England youth international was regularly on the bench for us in the Premier League last season, and was part of the touring squad to the United States in 2023, featuring in the second half of our win over Barcelona in Los Angeles.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal under-18s manager Jack Wilshere told The Athletic: “Amario is very exciting and Mikel [Arteta] likes him. “He reminds me of Bukayo Saka, plays in the same position as him, needs to get better with his decision-making like Bukayo did, but he’s definitely exciting.

“In some moments he’s unplayable. You give him the ball and he can make things happen. You can set up a team and have a game plan, but when you’ve got individuals like that you’ve got a chance.”

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