Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move for Lille striker Sofiane Boufal after failing in his attempt to sign couple of other strikers.
Boufal has attracted the interest of many top European clubs, one of which is believed to be Arsenal. The Guardian report the young striker who moved to Lille for just €4m might have his price tag rise to around €25m this summer.
Regarded as one of Europe’s hottest prospects, the Morrocan striker scored just 11 goals all season for Lille.
Boufal’s agent while speaking to the media, admitted that it is likely the young striker will leave this summer, with interest from Spanish giant Barcelona as well as other top European clubs, but with little chance of getting a first team spot at Barcelona, he was looking at other options.
“We did have a meeting with the leadership of FC Barcelona in the last few weeks. There is an interest,” Yvan Le Mée said. “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.
“We have initiated discussions with three clubs that interest us, but they either have or will change their coach or the coach is in charge of a national team at the Euros. 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.”
Premier League giant Arsenal have supposedly had a long standing interest in the Lille striker and have been scouting the Moroccan forward since January, and are the only top Premier League side that could guarantee the strikers Champions League football.
Boufal can play from the centre or wide position, making him a versatile player who could make his mark from a number of positions on the pitch. He is young, affordable and speaks French.