Arsenal and Chelsea interest in 22-goal striker confirmed by agent

Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head to head in the battle to sign Senegal international striker Moussa Konate, according to reports from the Mirror.

Konate came to fame after scoring five goals in the London 2012 Olympics which included a strike against Team Britain, alerting the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United to be interested in his services.

The 22-year-old has been moved around Europe the past few years, joining Swiss club Sion last summer after stints with Krasnodar, Genoa, and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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But his agent Anoine Issa Kossoko has confirmed that English powerhouses Chelsea and Arsenal have both been monitoring his client while he considers his next destination.

“Lots of English clubs are interested in Moussa – Chelsea and Arsenal scouts are keeping an eye on him – but he is not obsessed with the Premier League and will consider good offers from Germany, Spain or England,” he said.

“Hannover, Mainz and Bruges were keen on him this summer, offering up to £6m. But Sion said they would not sell for less than £10m.”

The Blues and the Gunners faced off in a heated encounter on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho’s men edging Arsenal out 2-0 with goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge.

Konate made 33 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring 22 goals.