17-years-old and worth £9m – wouldn’t he be a quintessential Arsenal signing?

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When you think of a typical Arsene Wenger signing, what tends to come to mind? You’re not likely to think of Wenger spending big bucks on proven talent. The players he likes to sign tend to be under 26-years-old, cheap and they’re usually names that you’ve never heard before. And yes, quite often they’re French.

Well, as if by chance, Arsenal’s latest transfer link plays exactly into this set of standards. According to The Metro, Arsenal are looking to sort out a deal for Caen forward M’Baye Niang. He’s just 17-years-old. He was born in Meulan, France. He’s valued at around £5m. Typical.

Although not as typical as you may think. Caen value this youngster highly and are looking to raise the deal to £9m through a series of add-ons and bonuses. They’ve also noted that they’re are keen to keep hold of him. Caen coach Garande told the Press last week:

What I say in relation to him is simple, he has talent – yes, does he have the potential to make a career – yes. But is he doing the right thing for this at the moment – no.”

Interesting comments and I can’t help but wonder if there’s a hidden agenda here. Garande is clearly desperate to keep hold of the youngster and looking to persuade him by presenting Caen as a better career option. But is this really the case?

Arsene Wenger is famous for knowing how to develop young talent. There are very few managers across Europe that can equal his success rate. Arsenal are also known for their willingness to give young talent a chance (sometimes at their expense of their own success!) There are plenty of young French players at Arsenal, so it’s not like he’d struggle to fit in. Indeed, I think he’d thrive at the Emirates.

But perhaps it would be best for all if Arsenal signed Niang on a -term contract before loaning the player back to Caen. The are unlikely to be able to offer a 17-year-old much first team football and it’s probably best for the youngster that he plays as regularly as possible. Caen are desperate to keep hold of him for as as possible. This solution looks like a win-win!

What’s your take? Would Niang be a good signing for Arsenal? Would he make an immediate impact?

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  • JD says:

    Arsene spent 12 million pounds on Oxlade-Chamberlain last summer, just saying.

  • jeremy says:

    Ramsay,Denilson,Vela,etc costs quite a lot of money.Since then other than Ramsay the others have been loaned out. It ‘a waste of time. For 20 to 25 million,Arsenal could have got some two experienced players who could have helped the gunners to get more points.
    The point is Wenger is investing time and money on these kids who cannot slot into the senior team. Yeah they will deliver and take the fw by storm provided they can fulfill their potential.
    It has been a failure and short of firing Wenger,Arsenal will be stuck with the fm’s pet project for the indefinite future.In the fw,time is of the essence and frankly Wenger doesn’t the time given to him.

  • daniel the gooner says:

    if he doesn’t sign for city its because he isn’t good enough for them yet.. can’t see any point in training up yet another player for city.. have we learn nothing? what about in 2 seasons when the shiek wants RVP’s replacement.. more like Podolski’s what we need!

  • Jules says:

    @Jeremy didn’t Arsenal JUST sign those 2 players?

  • I don’t think wenger know what he doing it will only favour arsenal board not the years wasn’t enough u?pls pls mr.wenger buy us quality player not a kid because went he mature u wil sell it.

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