Arsenal are reportedly among four Premier League clubs that are keen on and monitoring promising Valencia winger Yunus Musah.
According to an exclusive report from 90Min, Arsenal are looking to bring back Yunus Musah. The Gunners, along with fellow Premier League clubs Leeds United, Wolves and Everton are all showing interest in the teenage Valencia winger.
While the report does not elaborate on a time frame within which Arsenal or any of the other interested clubs are looking to launch a bid for Musah, the Premier League quartet are keeping a close eye on the winger’s performances, which has seen him lock a regular place in the Valencia first-team setup this season.
Yunus Musah became the youngest goalscorer for Valencia after finding the back of the net against Getafe in their 2-2 draw in the 2020/21 La Liga campaign. The 17-year-old has played a part in every La Liga match for Valencia, barring the 2-0 defeat to Real Betis, wherein he was an unused substitute.
Despite playing for England at different age groups, Musah seems to have pledged his allegiance to the United States and has already accrued 2 senior caps with the USMNT. Musah, though, hasn’t yet fully committed, with The Footballing Authority of England, Ghana and Italy all reaching out in an attempt to convince the 17-year-old to switch.
Naturally, Arsenal are interested in their former academy starlet.
Nicolas Pepe has proven to be a colossal failure thus far, both in terms of performances and financially. The Ivorian is likely not a primary part of Mikel Arteta’s plans, having not managed to make an impression on the former midfielder. There have been talks of a loan move perhaps.
However, the right-wing area has become an immediate problem position for Arsenal of late. Mikel Arteta fields Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down the left, which leaves Willian and Reiss Nelson as options apart from Pepe. Arteta also opts to field Willian or Bukayo Saka on the left when playing Aubameyang upfront, which further depletes the options available at his disposal.
Arsenal have shown an affinity towards bringing in future superstars of late, rather than immediate quality additions to the first-team setup and Musah fits right into that plan. Valencia’s financial conditions might also make the prospect seem more realistic, despite the La Liga club looking to tie the 17-year-old up to a new long-term contract.
There is also the problem of competition, with Leeds United, Wolves and Everton all keen on Musah. All the three clubs have had bright starts to the season and would present an equally compelling case to join them instead of Arsenal right now. The Gunners, though, will hold the familiarity and stature appeal over the three competitors.
A 17-year-old, who is a regular for a La Liga club like Valencia, will be a hot property in the transfer market, if available. It will be intriguing to see how he will perform if he ends up back at his former home, Arsenal or returns to England, at the very least.