He reports that their bid will be reliant on the proposed Saudi takeover being rejected, with the North London side believing they’d have no chance of prising Newcastle’s biggest asset away if ambitious new owners arrived.
Should these claims be true, this is yet another example of how important it is for us that this deal is passed by the Premier League.
Under new owners we may actually show ambition, both in our ability to sign top players and keep our star men, however this just shows how we’d be open to more Mike Ashley asset stripping should any £300m deal collapse ahead of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal are now one of several clubs to be credited with an interest in the in-form Frenchman over the past week, with Tottenham, PSG and Napoli also being linked over the weekend.
The Northern Echo claim ASM features ‘prominently’ on Mikel Arteta’s wanted list, with the piece revealing how Arsenal’s scouting team having delivered a ‘series of positive reports’ after watching the 23-year-old talent closely in his debut season in England.
The stakes felt high enough as it is over the approval / disapproval of this Saudi-backed bid, but they just went up another notch if this proves to be true…