Arsenal are reportedly considering a summer move for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye as he has continued to impress in the Premier League this season.
The Senegal international has been an almost ever-present for Ronald Koeman, scoring once and providing two assists in 23 Premier League appearances.
However, it’s his energy and tenacity in the middle to provide defensive protection and to give Everton a foothold that makes him a standout key player with comparisons naturally being drawn between him and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
According to The Sun, Arsenal are now ready to compete with interest from Spain and Italy for the 27-year-old, with Everton in line to make a massive profit on the £7.1m they spent to sign Gueye from Aston Villa last summer.
It’s added that the Toffees are in fact set to offer him a contract extension to ward off interest from elsewhere, but it remains to be seen whether or not he’s willing to ignore interest from north London to commit his future to the Merseyside outfit.
Statistics claim that he was the best ball-winner in Europe in 2016 as he recovered possession more than any other player in the calendar year during spells with Villa and Everton.
As a result, his current employers will be desperate to keep hold of him to ensure he stays and helps their bid to further close the gap on the top six.
Nevertheless, with Arsenal being criticised for having a softness about them and a lack of leadership on the pitch, having a midfield destroyer in Gueye set the tempo for the team could be the answer that they’re looking for.
In contrast, it’s questionable as to how that would effect other squad members as Wenger would need a creative midfielder next to him to find the right balance which means it could spell the end for someone like Francis Coquelin.