Seko Fofana has reportedly emerged as an alternative midfield target to Youri Tielemans for Arsenal – but there is one detail that may cause them to reflect on those plans.
Arsenal are in the market for a new central midfielder before the transfer window closes. Leicester star Tielemans is someone they have admired for a while. But after the Premier League season began, he remains in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
Of course, Arsenal have until September 1 to try and bring Tielemans in. But in case they miss out, they are keeping their options open.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, Arsenal have placed Seko Fofana on their shortlist as an alternative to Tielemans.
The former Manchester City academy player has been playing well for Lens over the past couple of seasons. There is a feeling he could be deserving of a bigger platform.
A move to Arsenal, who have Europa League football on offer and could give him a second Premier League chance, would be one to consider for the 27-year-old.
However, it is noted that Lens would want a fee of around £40million before selling Fofana. Interestingly, that asking price is higher than what Leicester are seeking for Tielemans, the write-up claims.
Of course, Tielemans is into the final year of his contract at the King Power Stadium, which has reduced his market value. Fofana, meanwhile, still has two years left with Lens.
Arsenal are not the only admirers of Ivory Coast international. Formerly of Udinese, he is being looked at back in Serie A by the Italian champions, AC Milan.
Milan released his compatriot Franck Kessie this summer at the end of his contract. Hence, they have been looking for midfield reinforcements and could enter the picture for Fofana.
Arsenal should therefore be keeping track of any developments with Fofana in case there is a risk they are beaten to him. For now, though, the priority seems to be Tielemans.
Arsenal focus should stick with Youri Tielemans first before Seko Fofana
It is understandable why. The Belgian has thrived in the Premier League during recent years. His potential availability this summer could lead to an opportunity.
In contrast, Fofana’s only experience of English football was in the 2014-15 Championship during a loan spell with Fulham.
He has developed well since then, though, and is now in the prime years of his career. He could be a good signing for Arsenal if it came to it.
But if Tielemans is cheaper, it would make sense that he would be the one for them to pursue. In all honesty, either could be good options, but there may be a hierarchy to pick from.