‘Four-time loanee’ ST responds to ‘out-of-the-blue’ transfer speculation

Borja Mayoral speaks out on Arsenal transfer rumors.

“Getafe striker Borja Mayoral has broken his silence on Arsenal links,” soccer outlet Tribuna reported on Wednesday (ET). He said he is currently focusing on his team,” Tribuna reported.

Mayoral came through the ranks of Real Madrid’s youth ranks and Castilla (second team) before being called up to the first team in the 2015/16 season. He was recognized for his prolific goalscoring prowess in the youth ranks and was widely thought to have a place at Real Madrid.

However, he found it difficult to establish himself in a club full of world-class players. In the 2016/17 season, he went on loan to Wolfsburg in Germany, but had to settle for being a substitute. During the 2017/18 season, he played 24 games in a Real Madrid shirt, scoring seven goals and providing three assists.

The following year, he opted for a loan move to Levante in Spain, but failed to make a significant impact. At the beginning of the 2020/21 season, he was loaned out again to AS Roma in Italy.

His loan spell at Roma wasn’t bad. In his first season, he did his job as Edin Dzeko’s sub, scoring 17 goals and providing 7 assists in 45 games. In his second season, he slumped to seven goals and two assists in 29 games. In 2021/22, he went on loan to Getafe, where he scored six goals and provided one assist in 18 games.

Despite four loan spells, he never got a chance at Real Madrid. His move to Getafe was finalized in the transfer window ahead of last season.

Once he was on the move, he regained his form. Last season, he scored nine goals and provided two assists in 38 games for Getafe, but he’s been especially good this season. With 14 goals and one assist in 22 games, he leads the team’s offense alongside Mason Greenwood.

His good performances have led to rumors of an Arsenal transfer. “Arsenal have made a £22 million ($368 million) bid for Mayoral,” reported The Sun on Nov. 11 (KST).

According to the report, Arsenal had originally targeted Brentford’s Ivan Toney to bolster their attacking line, but Brentford had a high asking price for Toney.

After spending heavily in the last transfer window, signing the likes of Kai Havertz and Declan Rice, the Gunners looked elsewhere, and Mayoral is said to be the man they landed.

“It’s news that surprised me too,” he said, “I haven’t spoken to the club or my agent. I’m very focused on Getafe every day,” he said, dismissing the transfer rumors.


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