Arsenal are eyeing up a move for Newcastle United star man Allan Saint-Maximin, according to a report from French outlet Le Sport 10.
The Frenchman has been one of the stand out performers from the players that arrived at Newcastle in last summer’s transfer window, lighting up the Premier League with his great trickery and fancy footwork.
The Magpies landed the talented winger from French club Nice last August and he went on to make his Premier League debut against Arsenal 9 days later. The 23-year-old has also landed 7 caps for the French under 21 side with a call up to the senior squad now becoming a very distinct possibility.
Despite being on the verge of completing only his first full season at the Magpies, club a big summer bid from the Gunners could just be around the corner.
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Although the Frenchman has just netted three goals for Newcastle this season, his bursts of energy from midfield could just be what Mikel Arteta’s side need to improve after what has been an overall frustrating season.
Arsenal could still end the season with an FA cup but the failure to properly compete at the top of the table still remains a disappointment to supporters.
With other creative midfield starlets like Justin Kluivert and Orkun Kökçü been linked with a move to the Emirates this summer, it seems clear that Arteta is wanting to build a solid squad that can reach new heights next season.
What Arsenal must not do is bring in players like Saint-Maximin just to make up the numbers for any certain departures. There has to be a long-term plan in place to progress as a squad as a whole, as well as a first choice starting line up.
If Saint-Maximin was to sign this summer it could be a fantastic addition to the squad with the winger likely to be slotted in on the left of the front three with Aubameyang as the main striker and Saka on the other side.
Arteta’s man-management and coaching skills could hopefully make the Frenchman an even better player than he is now.
However, the Frenchman may not come cheap, especially if the Magpies new potential takeover gets given the green light in the coming weeks.