The international break is usually filled with unlikely Arsenal transfer rumours but this particular one has a ring of truth to it. It has been reported many times that the Basel attacking midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi has been scouted by Arsenal, West Ham and Leicester but now the 23 year-old has very clearly implied that it is the Gunners that have been keeping an eye on him.
He said: “A club which is usually in the Premier League top four has followed me for a long time.
“I just learned that they have stepped up their interest even more after what happened in the Champions League. Is it Arsenal? I can’t comment, but it is a club that everybody knows with a long history.”
“It is cool that such a big club is showing great interest. But of course I know a club like this has many players on its radar,”
“Basel won’t pick up the phone if they are offered less than £13million for me. They say they will only start discussions if the offers are higher than that.
“There is a difference between the Bundesliga and the Premier League. If an English club comes in for me, Basel can suddenly claim £18m.”
The Norway international, who was actually born in Morocco, recently scored a goal and assisted the second when Basel beat Man City in the Champions League, and revealed that Pep Guardiola had even complimented him after the game, which was the first game that City had lost up to then. “Pep Guardiola came to me after the match and said I did a good job. That means a lot to me,” he said, as quoted by Blick.
“Maybe it was because we had less pressure, that we had nothing to lose,” he continued. “They are perhaps the best team in the world.”
It sounds like he would be a bargain buy at just £18m in the current transfer madness, perhaps he could be our replacement for Jack Wilshere?