Arsene Wenger is apparently interested in Roma’s highly rated young striker Umar Sadiq, and has already had a €13m (£10.25m) bid turned down, as reported by Italian publication La Repubblica (via the Metro). The report suggests Roma are willing to do a deal however, providing Wenger ups his offer to €15m.
The 19-year-old has been turning heads at the academy in Italy, scoring with regularity for Roma’s youth teams. He’s scored five goals in the UEFA youth league, and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Although he’s doing well at Roma, he’s not exactly the striker we’re crying out for. Arsenal fans want to see a top quality forward arrive at the club, not a teen striker who is yet to prove himself at the senior level.
That said, Wenger may also be looking to the future, with the Nigerian forward potentially joining his compatriot Kelechi Nwakali at the club, who has just signed a five year deal with us (via The Independent).
We may not even see Sadiq at the club, as Wenger may not believe he’s worth the extra €2m. The Frenchman is known for his unwillingness to spend more on a playerthan he believes they are worth, and if he thinks Roma’s demands are unreasonable he will presumably shoot them down.
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Sadiq looks like a talented youngster, but it wouldn’t exactly be a huge loss for us. We could probably invest the money better elsewhere, but does Wenger have other targets in mind?