According to news reports in France, Arsenal set to offer a trial to Caen forward M’Baye Niang.
France.fr says that the youngster will join the club for a trial period, with a view to a permanent move. The news of a trial is slightly surprising because, although he’s just 17 years of age, he played 23 times for Caen last season, scoring 2 goals.
With doubts over much of Arsenal’s forward line this summer (Van Persie – obvious : Walcott – dubious : Bendtner – illustrious : Arshavin – tedious : Chamakh and Park – oblivious : Myaichi – loanius), perhaps Wenger is looking for some back up, and has had some success with 17 year olds from France before.
Meanwhile, the Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad saga continues with local newspapers suggesting that Arsenal and Sociedad are more or less in agreement in terms of the fee but with still a number of details to sort out.
The Basque club seem confident of making the signing, however, and hope to have the deal concluded this week. All going well Vela will sign a 4 year contract, Arsenal will receive around €4m + extras, as well as a large sell-on with as much as 60% of any future transfer fee coming our way.
Real had also put forward a co-ownership model but Arsenal have rejected that.