Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing RC Lens midfielder Cheick Doucoure in the summer transfer window.
North Londoners are keen to expand their options at the center of the park, football.london understands has a name on the club’s shortlist in Leicester City star Youri Tielemans. Now The Mirror have reported that a host of Premier League sides are keen on Malia international Doucoure, including the Gunners.
Brighton, Crystal Palace and Everton are also said to be watching the youngster’s future after a stellar season in Ligue 1 as he registered an impressive 6.26 progressive passes and 5.71 final third passes per 90 minutes, according to fbref. Lens midfielder Seko Fofana has previously given an enthusiastic review of his young team-mate, describing the talented Maestro as ‘complete’, the type of midfielder Arsenal need at the moment.
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“Cheick knows how to do everything on the pitch,” says Fofana, describing the 22-year-old. “He works in the shadows and is very important to me.
“He’s incredibly complete. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever played with. He knows how to shoot from long range, how to pass, break the lines, dribble and defend.”
Goal have previously claimed the Gunners see Doucoure as a similar profile to first-choice No.6 Thomas Partey and given the Ghanaian’s injury woes, a summer move for the Ligue 1 star certainly makes a lot of sense. Josh Kroenke has consistently reiterated the need to sign young players with high potential and Doucoure certainly delivers on those needs.
Writing in the matchday program ahead of last weekend’s 5-1 win over Everton, Kroenke said: ‘In terms of recruitment I will always bow to Edu and Mikel but I know they have a blueprint for the type of player and the specific positions that are required we need to strengthen the way into the summer so I will give in to them and support them in any way I can to increase the quality of the squad and make sure we have the right mentality of the players that come.
“We only want players who are passionate about Arsenal Football Club. Players come from other clubs but are also promoted from our junior ranks as is very evident at Arsenal with Bukayo (Saka), Emile (Smith Rowe) and Eddie (Nketiah). make such big contributions this season.
“The academy was a really bright spot that gets a lot of attention at our club.”