Arsenal plot ‘incredible last-minute offer’ for €30m Ligue 1 ‘phenomenon’ who has ‘aroused’ Tottenham

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal-linked Wahi

Arsenal are reportedly among several Premier League clubs interested in 20-year-old Montpellier striker Elye Wahi amid his great form in Ligue 1.

The youngster has been quick to make an impact in Ligue 1. He scored ten league goals last season and this term he already has seven goals in 18 appearances.

The Gunners have been keeping an eye on his progress as it was reported earlier this month that they are interested in him.

It was debated ahead of this window whether Arsenal should bring in a striker with summer signing Gabriel Jesus out of action for a couple of months with a knee injury.

This left Arsenal short of options in attack but Eddie Nketiah has been in stunning form since the World Cup break. He has four goals in his last five Premier League games.

Despite this, French outlet Foot Mercato are reporting that Arsenal and Tottenham ‘continue to follow him’ and they have been ‘aroused’ by his performances.

Wahi is under contract until 2025 and the report suggests that it will take an ‘incredible last-minute offer’ for him to leave Montpellier this month. 

The ‘phenomenon’ has become only the second player in Ligue 1 history to score 20 league goals before reaching the age of 20. PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe is the only other player to achieve that.

Arsenal are said to have been tracking Wahi with the ‘greatest attention’ but rivals Tottenham have ‘come to supervise him in person’ in recent days.

The report adds that Wahi has also ‘caught the eye’ of Juventus, Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool during his rise at Montpellier.

The French outfit have ‘absolutely no plans to him let go’ but it is ‘estimated’ that his valuation is ‘more than €30m’.

Arsenal have spent around €50m to bring in Leandro Trossard and Jakub Kiwior so far this month. They are also interested in Rayo Valladolid defender Ivan Fresneda as a replacement for Cedric Soares.

The Gunners are not stopping there as they are also want to bring in Moises Caicedo from Brighton. The midfielder has made it clear that he wants the transfer to happen and the Londoners have already submitted two bids. 

Ex-Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood thinks Arsenal should avoid paying around £70m to sign Caicedo.

“I’m not saying it’s entirely his fault but sometimes you can look a world-beater in a Brighton shirt [but] when they step up and play for a huge club it doesn’t happen,” Sherwood said.

“You’re absolutely right, if everyone is fit [at Arsenal] he doesn’t play. We’ve dug out some highlights of his game there. Do you see £70m in someone that can run around and tackle in midfield?

“I mean his passing range ain’t fantastic, scores one goal in a blue moon. For me I think it’s an awful lot of money, I think there’s better options out there for Arsenal football club.”

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