AC Milan have won the race to sign French starlet M’Baye Niang, beating a host of Premier League clubs to his highly-coveted signature.
The highly-rated 17-year-old has moved to the San Siro from Ligue 1 outfit Caen despite spending the summer on trial at the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton, with the Gunners going so far as to bid for the player. Niang has already represented France at under 16, 17 and 21 levels and managed to shine in a team that were doomed to relegation for much of last season.
With 30 league appearances and five goals in his first season as a senior professional, interest from Europe’s biggest clubs is justified.
A statement on the Milan website on Tuesday said: “[Vice-president] Adriano Galliani flew into Milan last night and immediately went to a restaurant with new signing M’Baye Niang. Today he will have to pass his medical.”
Niang has been with Caen since he was 13, but only turned professional last season. A statement on their own website read: ‘Caen would like to thank M’Baye Niang for what he brought to the club during his four years at SMC. “Stade Malherbe Caen wish him success in his new club and in his personal life.”