The Guardian report that Arsenal face competition from Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona for Lille’s attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal.
The Moroccan international scored 12 times for the Ligue Un side last year, as well as picking up 11 yellow and two red cards, and has impressed greatly in his first full season at the club following a €4m move from Angers last January.
Arsene Wenger is keen to boost his attacking options this summer, and the 22 year old certainly ticks many of the Frenchman’s boxes.
The player’s agent has confirmed that there is interest from England, saying, “In England, there is interest, but the English market is just beginning. A transfer of 20 and 25 million euros is not resolved in two weeks, of course.”
He confirmed he’d had talks with Barcelona but suggested Boufal would prefer to go somewhere to play more regularly.
“Now the reflection is whether Sofiane Boufal will go to Barcelona to compete with MSN (Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar) or should he go to a club where he is going to start matches and express his exceptional talent.”
It’s a bit left-field this one, and it does sound a bit like an agent talking up a client to garner some interest, so we’re going high on the Poo-o-Meter. Obligatory YouTube SKILLZ video to follow.