According to Tuttosport via Football.London, Arsenal have joined the race for Toulouse ace Ibrahim Sangare. Reports also suggest that Tottenham and AC Milan are said to be interested in acquiring the defensive midfielder.
Mikel Arteta is accelerating his transfer plans and he intends to make at least two new signings to fill key positions. Thomas Partey has been continuously linked with a move but all attempts have failed because, at present, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid can’t agree on a figure or payment structure.
Arteta and Edu are still keen on the player, however, they may look at Ibrahim Sangare (22) currently with Toulouse. The versatile Ivorian would cost around €10m and can play as a creative and defensive midfielder.
The 22-year-old impressed in Ligue 1 last season, even though his club got relegated from the top division. With his contract set to expire at the end of the 20/21 season, the Gunners can sign him for a meagre €10m, which is a bargain for a player of his qualities.
Looking at his style of play, Sangare is very much an Arsenal fit because he likes to play the ball on the ground. He can pass over distance, is agile, likes to dribble, has electric pace, and is extremely athletic.
Some have drawn complimentary comparisons with Yaya Toure and Michael Essien, which is praise indeed, and at 6ft 3, he is rather an imposing figure for tough oppositions. In fact, the more I see him and watch him, the more I like him. He is a potential superstar in the making.
When you think how Arteta has got several under-achievers to perform, imagine what he could do with a rough diamond. He’s certainly ideal for the cut and thrust of the Premier League and is a credible option to Thomas Partey. Moreover, Ibrahim Sangare is five years younger and a significantly cheaper alternative to the Atletico Madrid midfielder.
Given the stance between the Gunners and the Rojiblancos, it won’t be a surprise if Arteta decides to move forward with the Toulouse midfielder. He certainly fits the requirement, but Arsenal will face competition if they decide to sign him before the end of the transfer window.