Arsenal have entered the race to sign Adil Aouchiche from PSG in the next transfer market as the youngster continues to try and force a move away from the French champions, claims a report on ESPN.
Aouchiche has made three appearances for his hometown club this season and scored his first senior goal in PSG’s 6-0 thrashing of Linas-Montlhéry in the Coupe de France, however has turned down their attempts to try and sign him up to a professional contract.
According to the report, Aouchiche and his family believe a transfer to a new club would be best for his development with regular opportunities in the PSG line-up likely to be limited due to the plethora of talent available to them.
That said, the Ligue 1 giants remain hopeful of reaching an agreement with the 17-year-old, but it looks increasingly likely that he will be playing his football away from the Parc des Princes from next term.
Among the teams hoping to secure the promising youngsters services are Lille and Bordeaux, although they are reluctant to agree to Aouchiche’s demands which are said to be a €4million signing on fee and €25,000-a-week wages.
That could provide the Gunners with the chance to swoop in and finalise a transfer, with those figures unlikely to put them off doing a deal, particularly with Mikel Arteta said to be a fan of the attacking midfielder.
Ahead of his first full season in charge at the Emirates, Arteta is preparing to make a number of changes to his squad as he looks to guide them back up the league table and have them consistently challenging for honours once again.
And although Aouchiche is unlikely to be a key figure in his plans over the next few years, he has shown that he is willing to give youth a chance with the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Joe Willock featuring regularly in his time in charge so far.
That may prove to be in the Gunners’ favour when the French U18 international comes to choosing which club he wants to move to, although there has been no indication that he is close to making a decision.
Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher has given his opinion on David Luiz’s situation with the Brazilian looking likely to depart the North London outfit at the end of the season.