Arsenal eyeing £10.8m-rated starlet who desperately wants a move and already knows Emery

Arsenal are reportedly in the race to sign Christopher Nkunku, a PSG youngster who was given his first break in Paris by none other than Unai Emery.

What’s the story?

Well, according to Le Parisien, as reported by Sport Witness, the Gunners are “in the running” to sign Nkunku this summer.

And there’s more good news as well, as the report states that Rennes, who were linked with the youngster just a few days ago, have denied any contact.

Sport Witness even go as far as to say the player is “counting on a transfer this summer”, so few are his opportunities in Paris.

There is some bad news though, as PSG sporting director Antero Henrique plans to extend the 21 year-old’s contract even if only to secure a higher transfer fee.

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Valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, a value that will likely double if the Parisiens do indeed extend his contract even despite the player’s clear desperation to leave, Nkunku is a versatile attacker with bags of pace and skill.

He is best in the number ten position, but he can also play on either wing. In fact, you could go as far as to say the French starlet is basically a winger playing as a playmaker, part of this new generation of rapid, aggressive dribblers like Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho.

Nkunku is excellent on the half-turn, his first touch, composure on the ball and ability to ghost past players with electric acceleration are all sensational, and above all else he truly has an eye for a pass.

According to Transfermarkt’s stats, he averages a goal or assist roughly every two-and-a-half games based on minutes, hardly a terrible rate for a 21 year-old midfielder who is usually introduced late in matches that are already decided.

Nkunku may not be ready to arrive at Arsenal and walk into the first XI, but playing for a manager who clearly believes in him at a club with a history of developing French players would surely do wonders for his confidence.

So long as Henrique and PSG don’t go crazy with their transfer demands, this one should be a no-brainer for the Gunners.

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