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Arsenal have opened talks with Torino over a potential deal to sign £17.5m forward M’Baye Niang as Unai Emery looks to continue his squad overhaul, according to reports via TeamTalk.
Emery has been busy in the transfer market since replacing Arsene Wenger as manager as he’s brought-in goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira, centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner and highly-rated midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in recent weeks.
However, the Spanish coach is keen to further strengthen his squad and a new attacker is believed to be on the agenda with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell all being tipped to leave the Emirates before the window closes next month.
Niang has long been linked with a move to Arsenal as we’ve reportedly been tracking him ever since he joined AC Milan from Caen in 2012 and he enjoyed temporary spells at Montpellier, Genoa and Watford before joining Torino on loan last season.
The 23-year-old had a solid campaign last year and TeamTalk claim Torino have now made the loan permanent after activating an option to buy at £17.5m but they are being tipped to turn a quick profit by cashing-in on Niang this summer.
It looks like Arsenal have stepped-up their interest as the report – which originates from TuttoMercatoWeb – says we’ve opened talks with Torino over a potential move for the Senegal international.
No formal offer has been put on the table yet but the report says Arsenal could face competition from the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Everton, Monaco, Marseille and Nice if we formalise our pursuit over the coming weeks.
Niang is predominantly a striker but he’s also capable of playing out on the wing so he’d give Emery plenty of options in the final third if we did bring him to the Emirates and he should be full of confidence after enjoying an impressive World Cup.