In Focus: Arsenal and Tottenham target Karamoh would be one for the future

According to reports in The Mirror, north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keeping tabs on in demand Caen winger Yann Karamoh, who is also a target for Inter Milan and Fiorentina.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that the Premier League duo have sent scouts to watch the impressive 19-year-old, who is rated at just under £9m.

Newcastle United and Southampton have also been linked with the wide-man, whose showings helped the Ligue 1 outfit finish 17th and narrowly avoid relegation from the top flight last term.

However, Karamoh’s contract runs out in a year’s time and talkSPORT says that as the young Frenchman is unwilling to sign a new deal, Caen want to cash in on him this summer.

Arsenal are clearly in the market for a winger as they continue to pursue Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, while Tottenham could also be looking to strengthen in wide areas with Erik Lamela and Son Heung-Min set to miss the start of the new season because of injury.

How good was Karamoh last season?

He was very good.

Despite his tender years, the France Under-21 international scored five goals and provided a further four assists in 35 appearances for the Ligue 1 strugglers, and he consistently showed the qualities that he has.

While he is still far from the finished article, the 19-year-old loves to dribble and run at opposition defenders and he successfully completed 50 take-ons in 35 top flight outings last term.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal or Tottenham?

As one for the future, he certainly would be.

The Gunners certainly should not be keeping tabs on Karamoh as a possible alternative to Lemar, as while he looks to have great potential, he is miles behind the Monaco star in terms of quality, consistency and experience at the highest level.

It would be a similar situation if the winger was to join Spurs, as he would more than likely be a useful option from the substitutes’ bench rather than a regular first team starter, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men do look to need more options in attack.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, there is no doubt that Karamoh made a big impression last season and looks to have a bright future, but it seems doubtful that he would be able to have an impact for either Arsenal or Tottenham in the short-term.