Amadou Diawara and Boubakary Soumare are being touted as cheaper alternatives to the players already being linked with Arsenal. Arsenal are reportedly in the running to sign Lille midfielder Soumare, according to Foot Mercato, as per Metro. Also, Gazette Dello Sport (via Daily Mail) states that Arsenal looking for a swap deal with Roma involving Torreira and Diawara.
We’ll soon be able to see if Raul Sanllehi has made one last complicated deal before his swift exit when Phillipe Coutinho reveals his next location. Thomas Partey was also said to have been the work of the vacating Spaniard but if there were any lingering chances of a deal they appear to be disappearing as quickly as the head of football.
That leaves Edu and Arteta some wiggle room for younger and cheaper midfield alternatives in the form of Lille’s Boubakary Soumare and Roma’s Amadou Diawara (Roma). They may not be considered to be in the same class as the aforementioned Sanllehi targets, but many consider them to be emerging talents in World football.
Diawara is an intelligent footballer who can apply himself in either direction. He has good vision and touch and will add a presence in the role of defensive midfielder. Don’t expect him to rush the ball out and slot back in position, the guy can play and has the confidence to go on long adventurous runs.
Boubakary Soumare is an attacking playmaker that can force a game with his marauding physique. He’s another sure-footed player with the ability to link an attack and hurt the opposition. He is a good distributor of the ball and is fantastic support from the middle to the front, with great powers of recovery.
I for one wouldn’t be disappointed if Arsenal pushed for this pair in place of the more celebrated duo. At this moment in time, it would be hard to see how Arsenal could afford to add £50m for Partey and who knows how much for Coutinho on loan.
Moreover, we still don’t know what’s going on with Dani Ceballos. Recent rumours suggest both clubs are in talks regarding the 24-year-old midfielder but time is running out to get a deal in place.