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Who is Enis Bardhi? The £10.8m ace tipped to become Mikel Arteta’s 3rd permanent Arsenal signing

Arsenal continue to be linked with reinforcements ahead of the summer transfer window.

After the club tied down David Luiz to a new deal as well as signing Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares permanently, it could be time to focus on bolstering the midfield and attack ahead of the new season.

According to reports in Spain, the north London outfit are interested in signing a La Liga ace.

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And this time it’s not Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey who has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium and is available for £45m due to the release clause in his contract.

Nor is it Thomas Lemar, Marc Roca or Ousmane Dembele. Rather it’s a somewhat unknown quantity in Enis Bardhi who can play in central midfield as well as out wide.

But who is Enis Bardhi and why have the Gunners reportedly made a bid for his services to make him Mikel Arteta’s third permanent signing as head coach? football.london takes a look.

Who is Enis Bardhi?

Enis Bardhi is a 24-year-old midfielder/winger who currently plays in the top tier of Spanish football with Levante.

Born in Skopje, North Macedonia, he started his career with the Shkupi youth team, before earning a move to Brondby in the summer of 2013.

That same year Bardhi was on the move again as he signed a short-term professional deal with Swedish Football Division 2 side KSF Prespa Birlik and helped them to avoid relegation with five goals in 10 appearances

Enis Bardhi (L) in action for Ujpest FC as he fights for the ball with Emir Dilaver (R) (Image: Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)

After his contract with Prespa Birlik expired Bardhi joined Hungarian side Ujpest initially on trial before impressing enough to earn a three-year contract deal.

Following almost 80 league appearances for Ujpset and 19 goals, he joined Levante for a deal in the region of €1.5 million (£1.3 million) in the summer of 2017 and has established himself as a regular.

At international level, Bardhi made his senior debut for North Macedonia in 2015 and has since gone on to represent his country 26 more times, scoring five times – including two in UEFA Euro 2020 qualification.

How has he done this season?

In terms of numbers, Bardhi is having another solid season in the top flight of Spanish football. Whilst he’s short of matching his nine-goal total from his debut year, he still has enough time to match or improve on that record.

He’s scored four goals and weighed in with three assists in 26 La Liga appearances thus far – including one at the weekend in a 4-2 win over Real Betis.

As mentioned above, Bardhi is versatile. He can play as a central midfielder or in the role behind the striker, but has predominately been used on the left-wing this season.

Enis Bardhi looks on during the Liga match between Levante UD and Real Betis (Image: Silvestre Szpylma/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

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