With the January transfer window already coming thick, Arsenal have been tipped to be heavily involved in the market especially with the sale of out-of-favour players.
According to report, Naby Keita of Red Bull Leipzig claims he was chased by four Premier League clubs in the summer, including Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Southampton.
The 21-year-old midfielder said he was called personally by Arsene Wenger – this followed for his impressive cameo Red Bull Salzburg where he scored 12 goals in 29 Bundesliga appearances.
however, keita realized he would never play regularly for any of his suitors and so he chose to move to Leipzig in a £12m
“Arsenal, Manchester City and Southampton were all interested in signing me, and Liverpool as well – although I did not speak with their coach,” he said, according to The Sun.
“I did not want to join a big Champions League club right away. It is too early for that. I want to prove myself in the Bundesliga first now.”
The money spent on Keita has turned out to be worth it so far. He’s scored three goals in six appearances in the German League, with only three of these being full matches, and Leipzig currently sit second in the Bundesliga table, just two points below previous champions Bayern Munich.
Perhaps one day our paths will cross again, he’s clearly enjoying his football and hungry for game time.