Impressive young Caen forward on his way to the Emirates Stadium.
Sky Sports understands Arsenal have agreed a fee with Caen for hot-shot M’Baye Niang, but face competition from Manchester City for his signature.
Highly-rated forward Niang enjoyed a trial at Arsenal last week and he is thought to have impressed during his time at London Colney.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has held a long-term interest in the 17-year-old and he has firmed up his interest with a bid.
Caen are resigned to losing Niang following their relegation from Ligue 1 and a host of clubs have expressed an interest in signing the teenager.
Arsenal are hoping to steal a march on their Premier League rivals by agreeing a deal with Caen for the player.
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Arsenal are a step nearer capturing talented young teenager M’Baye Niang though Man City are also ready to meet Caen’s asking price.
17 year old M’Baye Niang is a quality youngster who last became a regular performer for Ligue 1 side Caen, who last term were relegated to the second tier, perhaps fueling talk of a departure for the 6ft forward. Tottenham and Man City were both strongly linked with the teenager, who was capped at French Under 21 level at age 16.
Arsene Wenger is of course adept at picking up talented youngsters and making the most of their potential and it’s probable that Arsenal fans are not looking to the Gunners boss to unearth another ‘New Big Thing’ and would prefer to read about the North London side putting in a big money move for an established star this summer.
To be fair to Wenger he has spent wisely thus far, bringing in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud for a combined fee of around £23m but the likely departure of Robin Van Persie is sure to anger Arsenal supporters who worry about the investment in the club’s squad, a club that has now gone seven seasons without silverware and moved steadily further from mounting a genuine Premier League title challenge.
None of this is to say that there is no merit in looking at bringing in fresh young talent, just that Arsenal fans would probably like a more balanced approach to squad building as opposed to one that is geared more predominantly to the future, leading to what seems like a permanent state of transition.
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