Arsenal are reportedly trying to sign 22 year-old striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who could mark the start of a new-and-improved transfer model in north London.
The Gunners’ transfer market troubles are well documented, with a budget of just £40m plus player sales reportedly available to Unai Emery this summer.
And according to Moroccan outlet Assahifa, Leganes target man En-Nesyri is a target after enjoying a breakthrough campaign in La Liga.
Signed from Malaga for £5.2m last summer, he scored 11 times and added two assists in his first proper season in the Spanish top flight.
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En-Nesyri is not a signing that will massively excite fans or set the world alight, but the arrival of the 22 year-old might just show that the Gunners are learning from league rivals Liverpool.
The Reds have taken stick for signing players like Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane from inferior clubs, but they were brought in to fill a need, and that’s exactly what they have done.
Even if players brought in by the Anfield club do not succeed, most of their signings are young enough to then be sold on for a profit, something the Gunners have failed to do with players like Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.
By signing En-Nesyri for what would no doubt be a relatively small fee, Emery would get a different option to his current striking pair – the young Moroccan wins 4.7 aerial duels per game – who can come off the bench and impact matches.
Fans should consider him a replacement for Olivier Giroud, whose audacious tricks and flicks would have been useful off the bench in Baku when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were misfiring.
If he doesn’t find success in north London though, a fantastic campaign in La Liga together with his age will make him very easy to sell on in the future.
With a tiny budget compared to those competing for the title, the Gunners must be smart this season, and signing an up-and-coming striker with big re-sale value for a low fee is a great place to start.