Arsenal ‘consider move’ for £25m-rated Ligue 1 star – Newcastle United, PSG also interested

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal-linked Fofana

According to reports, Arsenal are ‘considering making a move’ for RC Lens star Seko Fofana this summer.

The midfielder previously had a spell at Man City as an academy player. After a loan at Fulham, he joined Udinese on a permanent deal in 2016.

Fofana made the move to RC Lens in 2020 following four seasons in Serie A.

Gabriel Jesus might be brilliant for Arsenal – but he’s a £45m gamble for Mikel Arteta

The 27-year-old performed brilliantly for RC Lens last season. He grabbed ten goals and two assists in 41 appearances.

His contract is due to expire in 2024 and Arsenal are being linked with him.

L’Equipe via (Caught Offside) are reporting that the Gunners are ‘considering making a move’ for Fofana.

It is understood that the French club are ‘willing’ to sell the centre-midfielder for a fee in the region of £25m.

As well as Arsenal, Newcastle United and PSG are interested in ‘acquiring his services’.

Meanwhile, Paul Merson thinks “everything would go out of the window” if Arsenal do not get the deal for Gabriel Jesus over the line:

“Arsenal must get Gabriel Jesus if they are serious about getting back into the top four,” Merson wrote for the Daily Star.

“They have got to get him. It’s that simple. Everything goes out of the window if they don’t. It doesn’t matter what else they do. All they’ve got right now up front is Eddie Nketiah, who recently signed a new contract when it looked like he might leave.

“And no disrespect to Nketiah but Mikel Arteta must realise won’t get you into the top four. Absolutely no chance. That’s a fact. So they need Jesus. They don’t need young players with potential like Fabio Vieira. They need experience. And Jesus has plenty of that.

“If they don’t get him they are sitting there with one centre forward, and let’s be honest if not for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette’s contract situations, he wouldn’t be there. They need to sort the Jesus signing out very quickly.

“I think he is good enough to transform Arsenal. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Yes, he does miss chances but he never goes hiding and he’s a centre forward who is desperate to score goals. He has that hunger and a little bit of a selfish streak and you need that.”