It seems like Arsenal are desperate in their search for a winger this season as they look to sign Ismaïla Sarr on a player-plus-cash deal.
The Gunners have been short of natural wingers this season, after having offloaded Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the span of a year. As of now, Unai Emery has played Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Özil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi on the flanks.
Obviously, riding the luck of playing men out-of-position wouldn’t last long and the Spanish boss realises this. And it seems that Sven Mislintat’s latest find – Sarr – is going to be the perfect choice, given the situation.
The youngster is one of the brightest prospect in Ligue 1. Sarr has caught the attention of many scouts as well.
Moreover, the Londoners are so interested that they’re up for a cash-plus-player deal with Stade Rennais. As per Wiwsport, the French side were interested in out-of-favour Emiliano Martínez and the English giants are ready to offer him up as a part of their agenda to lure the Senegalese to the Emirates.
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Martínez is reportedly seen as the replacement to Tomáš Koubek, who is set to leave the club next month.
Sarr is a superstar at Rennais and a fan-favourite; this it would require a very attractive deal should they manage to prize him away.
It was also reported that the Premier League side are ready to offer an additional £16 million alongside their shot stopper.
Though it is still unclear whether the proposal is good enough to spark interest, it seems like a bargain for a bright 20-year-old.
On the other hand, Arsenal have Bernd Leno, Petr Čech and Matt Macey as goalkeeping backups. So having a replacement ready shouldn’t be a problem to an extent.
Martinez hasn’t really had the chance or – sadly – the talent to make it big in England. Hopefully, that can change when he gets a perfect move.