Arsenal target Elyounoussi issues come-and-get-me plea

Joe Williams

Basel forward Mohamed Elyounoussi has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Arsenal after revealing how much it could cost to land his services.

The Norway international has been attracting interest from the Gunners, who watched him again as he played in Basel’s Champions League fixture against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium recently.

He was part of the Basel side who won the Swiss league and cup double last term, while he has also reportedly attracted interest from Southampton and Leicester City.

“A club which is usually in the Premier League top four has followed me for a long time,” Elyounoussi said.

“I just learned that they have stepped up their interest even more after what happened in the Champions League.

“Is it Arsenal? I can’t comment, but it is a club that everybody knows with a long history.

“A big club that has watched me a couple of times before, but they have now increased their interest in me.

“It is cool that such a big club is showing great interest. But of course I know a club like this has many players on its radar.

“Basel won’t pick up the phone if they are offered less than £13million for me. They say they will only start discussions if the offers are higher than that.

“There is a difference between the Bundesliga and the Premier League. If an English club comes in for me, Basel can suddenly claim £18m.”