According to Italian news outlet Tutto Mercato, Arsenal are considering hijacking Everton’s £16million move for AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang.
The 22-year-old Frenchman has already reported been on Merseyside to discuss a move and the striker is believed to have asked for time to think about the move.
Although AC Milan are Niang’s parent club, the striker spent the second half of last season on-loan at Premier League Watford. The youngsters campaign with the Hornets was a mixed one, as he only produced two goals and two assists in 16 appearances.
Highly rated youngster, but inconsistent
Niang is a highly rated young striker, who Arsenal and Everton had both been linked prior to his move to Milan from French club Caen. Although highly rated, Niang is currently also highly inconsistent.
That could be down to his age or his lack of experience at a good level. However, it could just be part of his character. At the moment the youngster is a bit of a rough diamond and whether he can be polished into a gem is unknown.
He showed flashes of his ability at Watford. However, he did not exactly set the Premier League on fire. He arrived at Vicarage Road with a big reputation, but failed to live up to it.
A doubtful signing
This deal smacks of Lucas Perez from last summer. The Spaniard was set to sign for the Toffees. However, Arsenal nipped in and signed the striker from Deportivo La Coruna for £17million.
Arsenal knew what they were getting with Perez and he has struggled to make an impact at the Emirates Stadium. For me, Niang may turn into a good player in the future, but at the moment he is not the sort of player Arsenal needs to buy.
I keep banging on about it, but Arsenal needs top quality signings this summer to progress. The Gunners odds of 12/1 to win the Premier League title next season tell their own story.
Arsenal are unlikely to sign top quality players because they are not in the Champions League. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and the clubs hierarchy are unlikely to shell out the big money that it costs to buy the sort of players the Gunners need.
For me, the Gunners should let Everton sign Niang and target players that are a bit further along with their development. Unfortunately, the north London club do not have a great record of signs those sorts of players and this summer they could fall further behind their top six or even seven rivals.
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