Arsenal have made a world-record bid for Manchester United striker Alessia Russo.
The England forward is out of contract at the end of the season but Arsenal are trying to sort out a deal before Tuesday’s 5pm WSL transfer deadline.
Man Utd have been in contract talks with Russo for months but have made little progress.
Russo is therefore free to talk to clubs outside England about a summer move and there has been interest from clubs in the United States.
The current world record for a player is around £400k when Keira Walsh moved to Barcelona from Man City in September 2022.
McCabe wanted by champions Chelsea
Sky Sports News reported over the weekend Arsenal had rejected a “substantial offer” from Chelsea for Katie McCabe.
The 27-year-old has 18 months left on her current contract and has played in all 10 of Arsenal’s WSL matches this season.
The Gunners are understood to be reluctant to sell McCabe ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
McCabe, who joined the north London side from Shelbourne in December 2015, was voted Arsenal player of the season in 2020/21.
Arsenal sit third in the WSL, three points behind second-placed Chelsea and leaders Manchester United, who are top on goal difference ahead of the Blues.
Earlier this month, Chelsea sold striker Bethany England to Tottenham for a domestic record fee for a British player in the women’s game.
The deal is worth a reported £250,000 and broke the previous record set by Lauren James’ £200,000 move from Manchester United to Chelsea in 2021.
Russo interview: I’m still just Alessia from a small town!
Russo has endured a whirlwind past year with the striker part of the England side that won the European Championships last summer.
Her backheel goal in the semi-final against Sweden was nominated for the FIFA Pukas Award, with Russo admitting that accolades like those – alongside a potential world record fee for her – will not change her.
“I still see myself as Alessia. I grew up in a little town,” Russo told Sky Sports earlier in January. “My family are so close to me, I think that’s a credit to all of them – and myself I guess – that I’m a very light-hearted, easy-going kind of person, but I have really high expectations.
“Even awards like this: it still feels weird to be nominated. I hope to go on and achieve a lot more than just this. As a female footballer and just the person I am, I have to stay grounded and have bigger dreams to fill.”
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