Arsenal are set to lock horns with Inter Milan in the transfer market for the services of Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr, according to The Mirror.
Unai Emery’s Arsenal side have started to find their feet, winning their last five matches across all competitions, but there is still room for improvement and the Spaniard is eyeing further additions in January.
The wide positions of the squad are likely to be an area of focus as the Gunners are yet to replace Alexis Sanchez following his move to Manchester United in January and a new name has emerged on the shortlist of the North London side.
According to The Daily Mirror, Arsenal are keeping tabs on 20-year-old Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr and will rival Serie A giants Inter Milan in the hunt for the signature of the Senegal international who was part of his nation’s World Cup squad.
Likened to Barcelona star, and a player who was a reported £100m target for Arsenal in the summer, Ousmane Dembele, who first made waves with Rennes before moving to Catalonia via Borussia Dortmund, the pacey winger showed his class in the Europa League last week by netting a stunning goal.
Rated at around £20m by his French side, who have insisted he will not be sold in January, Sarr has hit the ground running this season by scoring two goals in six Ligue 1 appearances after hitting five in 24 matches last season.
On the rise, Sarr could be developed into a key asset by Emery at the Emirates Stadium and could save the club around £80m if they moved for Dembele instead.
He could also be the key to unlocking the full potential of Arsenal’s attack, which already has the makings of a deadly line as it boasts the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil.