Arsenal & Chelsea To Do Battle Over Striker After Agent Confirms Interest
Arsenal and Chelsea are set to battle it out over the signing of Senegal striker Moussa Konate after his agent confirmed the London duo’s interest.
With the summer transfer window now closed for business, it’s time to start looking at those deals that failed to get over the line and those which are being lined-up for the future. Today, Arsenal and Chelsea are linked with Moussa Konate…
Arsenal and Chelsea are set to battle it out over the signing of Senegal striker Moussa Konate after his agent confirmed the London duo’s interest, according to the Mirror.
Konate has been building a reputation as one of the best young strikers in the Swiss Super League since joining FC Sion in the summer of 2014, with the 22-year-old netting 27 goals in 43 appearances.
It appears his potential has attracted interest from the Premier League with the Mirror citing reports coming out of Italy that claim Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head over his signature.
This comes after the Senegalese international’s agent, Antoine Issa, revealed that the London duo were keeping a close eye on his progress ahead of a potential swoop.
However, Issa warned that Sion would demand a fee of at least £10m in order to cash-in on the striker after already rejecting bids of around £6m from the likes of Hannover, Mainz and Bruges.
“Lots of English clubs are interested in Moussa – Chelsea and Arsenal scouts are keeping an eye on him – but he is not obsessed with the Premier League and will consider good offers from Germany, Spain or England.
“Hannover, Mainz and Bruges were keen on him this summer, offering up to £6m. But Sion said they would not sell for less than £10m.” Issa is quoted as saying by the Mirror
As well as playing in Switzerland, Konate has also spent time with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Genoa and Russia side Krasnodar while he also caught the eye after scoring five goals for Senegal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
He’s predominantly used as a centre forward by Sion but he’s also capable of playing on the wing if needed and has been known to play out wide for Senegal – who he’s already earned 10 senior caps for.
Konate is certainly developing into a fine attacker but I personally don’t think he’s anywhere near at the level yet to play for the likes of Arsenal or Chelsea so if either club did decide to buy him, I expect he’ll either be nothing more than a squad player or he’ll be sent out on loan to gain more experience.