According to a report in Moroccan publication Assahifa Al Ousbouia, Arsenal have made contact with Leganes striker Youssef En-Nesyri.
The 22-year-old Morocco international scored 11 goals in 34 games last season for Los Pepineros (cool nickname, it means the ‘Cucumber Growers’) to help them to a 13th place finish in La Liga.
It’s said that the striker, who moved from Malaga last summer, has also been scouted by Real Betis and Bundesliga duo Schalke and Borussia Dortmund and could be available for around €10 million.
Are we looking for a striker this summer? If so, given our supposed tight budget, is it a priority?
Well probably not a priority, but after a long season that saw us overly reliant on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette, it definitely feels like we need further firepower on the bench.
Granted, Eddie Nketiah finally registered in the Premier League on the last day of the season but the fact Unai Emery rarely leaned on the England under-21 international despite denying him a loan move in January suggests he’s not fully earned the Spaniard’s trust.
Reiss Nelson’s return offers another potential solution, even though he’s not a bona fide striker, and there are reports that Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli will sign for us when he turns 18 in a couple of weeks time. He’s surely one for the future though?
Someone who can play both wide and centrally and provide pace and goals without costing the world…well that would be lovely. En-Nesyri’s profile on Transfermarkt suggests he predominantly plays as a central striker and can operate on the flanks, so he fits that bill. He’s also very low-profile in the grand scheme of things.
Despite all that, we’re not convinced this has much fibre…it’s a seven on the poo-o-meter.