Chelsea given green light to sign No.9 Netherlands international

Newcastle United have been credited with an interest in signing Villarreal attacker Arnaut Danjuma. The Magpies could go head-to-head with fellow PL rivals Chelsea in the battle to capture the Netherlands international.

Formerly of Nijmegen in the Eredivise, Arnaut has taken no time to establish himself as a crucial figure for Villarreal since his move from Bournemouth in August 2021. Danjuma enjoyed a fantastic 2021/22 campaign on an individual level.

The 25-year-old striker netted 16 goals and four assists in 34 games across all tournaments, hitting a remarkable six goals in 11 UCL games as the Yellow Submarine exceeded all expectations by reaching the Champions League semi-finals last campaign.

With 3 goals from 8 games across all boards this campaign, the Dutchman seems ready to play a prominent role for the Spanish side this campaign as well. Of course, his exploits have not gone unnoticed, with some of the most high-profile teams in Europe, including Liverpool and Man United, setting their sights on him this past summer.

Villarreal finished seventh in La Liga last campaign, and only earned qualification for the UEFA Europa Conference League. So, while the Dutch forward could have easily accepted a transfer abroad, he turned down all advances since he sought stability and consistent playing time with the Qatar World Cup just around the corner.

His current contract with La Ceramica will expire in the summer of 2026. Arnaut seems to be the latest name on Chelsea’s agenda, having reached a pre-contract agreement with Nkunku.