Another day, another name on Arsenal’s transfer list.
French media outlet Le 10 Sport have reported on Friday that North Londoners are keeping close tabs on the young French defender Malang Sarr, who is enjoying an impressive run of form for his club Nice.
Arsene Wenger has reportedly already sent his scouts to watch the youngster in action earlier in October, and was apparently highly pleased with the feedback he received.
Having broken into the French Ligue 1 side’s first team this season, the 17-year-old defender notched a number of quality performances, while he also scored a goal in his debut match against Rennes.
Sarr’s fine form has alarmed plenty of potential suitors, who are keeping track of the young starlet’s progress and Arsenal are believed to be one of the clubs interested in making a move for the Frenchman.
Nice have been well aware of the attention their youngster is causing and were prompted into offering Sarr his first professional contract he is likely to sign as early as next week.
The talented defender is expected to pledge long-term allegiance to his club by signing a 5-year deal with Nice, which will also include a release clause in excess of €50 million.
Interestingly enough, a release clause in this case would be nothing more than a gentleman’s agreement given the fact release clauses are against LFP regulations and hence should not represent a major issue for any interesting club during the transfer negotiations.
Arsene Wenger would surely be reluctant to pay such a substantial amount for an obscure youngster who just broke into the first team with his club.
Arsenal will continue to monitor Sarr’s progress however, together with AC Milan who are also thought to be keen on the 17-year-old.