Have Arsenal identified an alternative to Zaha, Fraser and Carrasco?

Arsenal has been linked a whole host of forwards this summer, mainly wingers and the three names most prominent have been Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Dalian Yifang Yannick Carrasco.

You can now add another name to that in the list, Monaco’s Keita Balde.

According to France publication Le10Sport, the club has been monitoring the situation around the 24-year-old and the door has now been opened up due to Inter Milan no longer being interested in the player.

Balde spent last season with the Italian giants but did not exactly set Serie A alight with just five goals in 24 appearances.

So the situation is fairly simple, Inter does not want him and the Senegal international is not at all keen on staying with Monaco.

The valuation on Balde is around about £30 Million but the chances are he can come for significantly less simply because that figure was a part of the agreement with Inter only and Monaco must know they will probably not get that amount for him.

This one could be interesting because Zaha is probably too expensive and would mean weakening the team with sales in order to afford him, Arsenal does not seem to be following up their reported interest in Fraser and Carrasco just comes with too much baggage.

Regardless, it does show that Unai Emery is determined to land a winger in some form and has clearly identified that area as one that needs strengthening.

20 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    He didn’t play well at Inter Milan, but he was great at AS Monaco and Lazio. I suspect the steep decline was caused by an injury and 30 M is too much of a gamble for an unwanted 24 years old player

    He is also a right-footed LW like Iwobi and Zaha, a position that can be filled by Aubameyang, Lacazette or Nelson

    Add 15 M to the 30 M budget and Arsenal might be able to tempt Malcom’s or Chukwueze’s club to sell. Both players are left-footed RW and we don’t have any experienced attacker that can play well in that position

  2. Cappiee says:

    He isn’t good enough. Zaha, two Center backs, Tierney and a Ramsey replacement should be enough.

    1. Mobella says:

      Why must it be Zaha. There are equally good if not better younger players who will cost less than half of what CP want for him. Where he is, is where he should be. I would prefer us that much for Sane instead of him. He is 27 for god sakes and he just had his best season in just concluded one which is not that that impressive.

      1. Trudeau says:

        This. I can’t get excited about Zaha. Too much flash and nit enough graft. Sane would be a dream but sadly he’s not coming to Arsenal anytime soon.

        1. ozziegunner says:

          I still haven’t lost hope that Arsenal can get Ryan Fraser from Bournmouth. He is going into the last year of his contract and Bournmouth won’t want to lose him on a free transfer.

  3. kev says:

    To provide other details on the Saliba deal:

    He will sign a 5 year contract in the coming days worth around £27k p/w, which Saint-Etienne will cover entirely during his loan spell. As a result of his return on loan Arsenal’s first instalment will be in the region of £5 million, with Saint Etienne retaining a small sell-on %.

    Saliba had a lengthy conversation with his agent and family which resulted in a U-turn on his initial wish to not return on loan. He is expected to sign his contract before St Etienne begin pre season preparations.

    1. gotanidea says:

      So Arsenal can’t use his service in the upcoming season and have to look for another CB soon

      Are we after another CB currently? Because I think Koscielny, Mustafi or Monreal would leave

      1. kev says:

        Chambers and Mustafi are likely to be sold.Likely for Kos and Monreal to remain too

        1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

          It is a shame, I would keep them and sell Kos and Monreal. They are at thevend if their career anyways.

          1. ozziegunner says:

            kev, I believe selling Chambers, particularly for the fee being quoted, would be a mistake by Arsenal.
            Chambers is still only young, performed well at Fulham and is versatile.

    2. Xxnofx says:

      You said second bid on Monday for Terniey ,Lennon as just confirmed no second bid as come in ,another one that you’ve guessed and not come true ,now this one ,you are saying is done and I’ve looked and can’t find any confirmation which is strange ,because you would think it would be confirmed on sky if we actually signed someone .or any other media outlet

      1. kev says:

        I admitted I was wrong on the second bid.Im sure you fell for it when media claimed we had a second bid rejected when in truth we hadn’t ever submitted a second bid.Im not guessing.Im bringing you news from Twitter.Relax because what is the speciality of those on Twitter if they can’t I’ve info ahead of time?

        1. ozziegunner says:

          It is better that a second bid has not been submitted yet, because hopefully when Arsenal do make it, it will be acceptable to Celtic. Negotiation is sensible; however the fake news about the level of the second bid, was making Arsenal look foolish.

  4. Trudeau says:

    Watching Reine-Adelaide running out for France U21 and seeing Gnarbry win Bayern’s player of the year really makes me hope Nelson gets a chance. We need a bit of patience and give some kids a look. I put Bielek in that category as well.

    1. kev says:

      We might really regret letting Reine-Adelaide go.He has more potential than Iwobi.I also believe we will regret letting Bennacer go too.He is better than Xhaka and Guendouzi.Both of these players could have been starting games for us last season.

      1. Mobella says:

        Is there no buy back or sell on clause in Reine-Adelaide sale.

        1. kev says:

          I don’t know about that but if there was surely we would’ve heard of it considering the fact that Reine-Adelaide is rumoured to be moving to Monaco

  5. Amitosh Tripathy says:

    He is a very good player but gets carried away, if he stays focused he can be really what we need – a pacy winger with end product.

  6. 350oz says:

    We are also being linked with 30 year old Ivan Perisic and PSG’s Christian Nkunku. Can’t wait for some unveiling to put some rumors to bed.

  7. Gily says:

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    Thank you so much for everything else you have done to this site. It’s really looking great??❤❤

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