Arsenal Women have reportedly made a world-record bid to sign Manchester United striker Alessio Russo.
Russo, 23, has entered the final six months of her current contract at United and has been in talks over a new contract. However, there remains no agreement and the Gunners have made their move.
She has made nine appearances this season and scored five goals. And after months of speculation surrounding her future, Jonas Eidevall’s side have made their move ahead of the WSL transfer window closing at 5pm tomorrow.
According to The Athletic, Arsenal have presented a ‘massive proposal’ to sign Russo, with the offer understood to be a world-record bid. The current record stands at £400,000 paid by Barcelona to Manchester City for Keira Walsh in the summer.
Russo won the Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year award last season and has been crucial in the team’s rise to the top of the WSL table. However, following the double cruciate ligament injury blow to Beth Mead and Vivienne Miedema, the Gunners are keen to recruit a new finisher.
Speaking earlier this month, Eidevall said: “I would be disappointed if we can’t bring in a prolific goalscorer in addition to the signings already. That should be a really important priority for us in this window with the number and the level of games we are playing.”