Alessia Russo is “not for sale” at any price, Manchester United has informed Arsenal after rejecting a second world-record offer of over £500,000 for the England striker.
Prior to Tuesday at 17:00 GMT, the Gunners submitted their most recent bid for the 23-year-old.
With their initial offer on Monday, Arsenal is said to have outbid Barcelona’s £400,000 purchase of Keira Walsh.
The champion of Euro 2022, Russo, declined a contract extension at United in June.
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Russo’s contract has less than six months left, therefore United, who are leading the Women’s Super League standings and three points ahead of third-placed Arsenal, have continued to negotiate with her. However, they are unable to prevent their top scorer from speaking with other clubs.
Russo has 17 goals in 35 top-flight outings since coming from the North Carolina Tar Heels three years ago, scoring five times in nine WSL appearances this season.
The former captain of the Chelsea development team scored four goals last summer to help the Lionesses win Euro 2022, bringing her total for England to 10 goals in 17 games.
Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead, two attackers for Arsenal, have had anterior cruciate ligament injuries this year. Despite having a game in hand over United and second-placed Chelsea.