French club Caen appear happy to drag out negotiations for teenage striker M’Baye Niang, despite confirming that an offer is still on the table from Arsenal.
While it remains unclear whether the proposal put forward by the Gunners is an improvement on the bid reported two weeks ago, what is certain is that rival offers are on the cards.
Arsene Wenger took the 17-year-old on trial prior to the tour of Asia and is understood to rate the player. However, the boss appears unwilling to be dragged into a potential auction, especially as one of the other rumoured parties is Manchester City.
Giving an update on the future destination of his young charge, Caen president Jean-Francois Fortin told L’Equipe:
“Arsenal made me a proposition, but other clubs are interested – two in England and one in Italy. I think there will be an issue here for a fortnight [before the matter is resolved].”
It’s possible that Gazidis and Wenger will return their attention to Niang once they’ve confirmed the capture of Spanish international Santi Cazorla. Given the player’s youth, he’s far from being a priority signing and would likely spend much of this year in and around the Reserves or out on loan.