Mikel Arteta has reportedly told Arsenal chief executive Vinai Venkatesham that he wants to sign Youssef En-Nesyri.
The 24-year-old striker, who is valued at £36million on football database Transfermarkt, has less than four years remaining on his contract with Sevilla – and is said to be of interest to the Gunners.
En-Nesyri joined the Seville-based club from CD Leganes in January 2020 and has flourished ever since moving to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium around 18 months ago.
The Morocco international has scored 29 times in that space of time and that has reportedly earned him interest from Arsenal in recent months.
Now, according to Spanish news outlet ABC Sevilla, via Sport Witness, as many as six different clubs have approached En-Nesyri’s agent over a possible move for his client.
Arsenal are said to be one of those clubs, but En-Nesyri apparently said ‘no, again and again’, despite the strong interest in his services.
Arteta reportedly informed Gunners chief executive Venkatesham that the talented striker can be the ‘benchmark of the Arsenal attack’. Venkatesham apparently gave his approval to sign the Sevilla star, but the Moroccan attacker did not want to leave the La Liga club over the most recent summer transfer window.
Arsenal could be set to lose two of their strikers in the coming months, with Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette both seeing their contracts run out at the end of the season.
Lacazette is being linked with a January move to Inter Milan as the Gunners seek some money for their 30-year-old striker, who would leave on a free transfer should his contract be ran down to the summer.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins, but En-Nesyri seems to also be an option for Arteta and the club’s board.
Source by Football London