Arsenal told to up transfer bid to land French starlet
Arsenal have been told to up their offer in their pursuit of French wonderkid M’Baye Niang according to talksport. French newspaper Ouest France have reported that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has offered £980,000 for the 17-year old but Niang’s current employers Caen have valued their starlet closer to £1.4 million.
Caen club president Jean-Francois Forlin announced this week that Niang is a new young target for the Gunners, stating, “the offer made by the English club did not reach the amount that we want, but we are still in touch.”
Niang, who signed his first professional contract last year, made 30 appearances for his club last season and wrote himself into Ligue 1 records when he became the second youngest player to ever score in France’s primary division, when he netted in the 1-1 draw with Lens.
Often described as a “phenomenon” and “extraordinary” in his native country, Niang can play as a striker but is also adept at playing on both flanks. He has represented France at every youth level, including the U-21’s where he scored 15 minutes into his debut.
Hocine Harzoune, a French journalist spoke favourably of the youngster, “Niang is a very gifted young man who has always seemed older then he really is. He is so tall and powerful you could mistake him for a veteran.