Arsenal target Seydou Doumbia has made it evident that his current season at CSKA Moscow is almost certain to be his last as the Ivory Coast international goes looking for Champions League football.
Having made a mockery of goal scoring records in Switzerland and Russia over the last few seasons, 24-year old Doumbia is desperate to prove his worth at the biggest stage. There is plenty of global interest in the man who hammered in 38 goals for his club this season, with clubs in Italy, Spain and England set to compete for his signature.
In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, Doumbia said, “I’m not closing the door on any team. I could be interested if the project they’re working on convinces me. I want to make the next step in my career.”
Doumbia added, “I want to play in the Champions League. But it doesn’t make sense to join a club that plays in the Champions League one year, and then doesn’t even play in Europe the next season.”
Doumbia’s statement of intent has made it perfectly clear that he is looking for a top European club where Champions League football is pretty much taken for granted, not one that is battling to compete in Europe. This should help give Arsenal a clear selling point ahead of most clubs competing for his signature, especially their arch-rivals, Tottenham.