Senegal star dreams of playing at the Emirates Stadium.
Senegal defender Cheikhou Kouyate admits joining Arsenal would be a dream move for him this summer.
The 23-year-old, who plays in Belgium for Brussels side Anderlecht and can also operate in midfield, is rated in the £5million bracket.
Kouyate, also a target for Paris Saint-Germain, claims the Gunners have been watching him and says he would love to move to the Premier League.
He told a Belgian newspaper: “I am happy here but if Arsenal called me to go to London I would have no doubt about going.
“I hear they have asked for some information on me from the last few months.”
Source: Daily Mirror
Cheikhou Kouyate has stated in no uncertain terms that he would relish a move to Premier League giants Arsenal this summer.
And although the Senegal international is an unknown in the UK, the 23-year-old could be exactly what the Gunners need.
It has been well-documented that Arsenal’s achilles heel this season has been the back four, with captain Thomas Vermaelen a shadow of his former self and Per Mertesacker still struggling against the more intelligent, speedy and mobile attackers in the Premier League.
While the north London outfit would benefit from a new striker before next season, a shiny new centre-half must be the priority for boss Arsene Wenger and Kouyate is a hungry, talented and affordable player who would fit in well at the Emirates Stadium.
The Senegalese has played a number of times in the Champions League since joining Anderlecht in 2008 and started all six of the Belgians’ group matches this term. What’s more, Kouyate can operate comfortably in a defensive midfield role, another problem position for Wenger’s side.
Valued at £5m, Kouyate’s would be a relative snip and it’s worth noting that Manchester City signed Vincent Kompany from Anderlecht for a similar price and at a similar age and the Belgium international has gone on to establish himself as one of the finest defenders in the UK, if not Europe.
Given their wealth of talent in midfield, Arsenal would be a frightening prospect if Kouyate could have a similar impact in north London.