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Arsenal rocked as Tottenham & other suitors join race for 19-year-old striker

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Arsenal may no longer have a clear run at Umar Sadiq after Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool joined the race for the on-loan Roma striker, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian publication claims that Lyon are also ready to compete with the Premier League trio for the signature of the 19-year-old, who was linked heavily with the Gunners last month.

Sadiq has notched two goals in six Serie A appearances for Roma, and netted 19 times in 18 games for their youth teams this season to bring himself to the attention of clubs across Europe.

He is currently on loan at Stadio Olimpico from second-tier Spezia, and Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Roma will aim to sign him permanently for £2m before selling him on at a profit.

Gazzetta dello Sport adds that Roma director of football Walter Sabatini has a list of teams who are interested in signing the Nigerian teenager, and will demand a sum of at least £9.6m.

A bidding war would suit Roma as it is likely to increase any transfer fee, so Arsenal might hope to wrap up a deal early in the summer window to avoid paying over the odds for Sadiq.

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