By Matthew Rose

Arsenal are extremely interested in bringing AC Milan’s M’Baye Niang to the club, according to reports in CalcioMercatoWeb.

Strong, quick and with an eye for goal, the France youth international would follow a distinctly similar career path to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry should he make the switch to the Emirates Stadium.

The 21-year-old has been in good form for the Italian giants this season and has helped the club to third place in Serie A after eight games.

The report states that should a deal take place, it is more likely to happen next summer rather than in the January transfer window and will cost a fee in the region of €35 million (£31.3 million).

Manager Arsene Wenger is famed by his admiration for players who can operate both as a striker and winger, with the former Stade Malherbe Caen youth product certainly ticking those boxes.

Niang, who netted a superb strike against Chievo Verona last Sunday, reportedly spent time on trial with the Gunners in 2012 and was linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs before moving to Italy.

The World Cup winner left his homeland and Monaco for Juventus in 1999 before leaving for London later that year.

Interestingly, Niang has drawn comparisons to the man dubbed ‘The King’ by the Emirates faithful for his style of play and lightning pace with the ball.

That is some praise for the young star, but one thing is for sure; there is no better manager than Wenger to unlock the undoubted potential that the former Montpellier loanee possesses.


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