As per recent reports, Arsenal are eyeing a move for Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri in the January transfer window. With a possibility of losing multiple attackers next year, the Gunners would very much push for new signings.
Arsenal currently face a lot of issues regarding the stay of their strikers. Earlier, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah were in contention to leave the North London side. However, the recent situation suggests that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to leave the team over discipline issues. Mikel Arteta will therefore, be hopeful of signing a striker, in case the situation demands one.
En-Nesyri’s performances in the Spanish League
Graduating from Mohammed VI Football Academy, the 24-year-old striker signed a contract with Malaga CF for €125k in 2015. After 41 appearances, the player made a move to Leganes, following Malaga’s relegation in 2018. In a total of 53 appearances, the Moroccan bagged 15 goals and 4 assists, before making a move to Sevilla.
In January 2020, the player signed for Sevilla for a fee of €20 million. Even though he is not a regular starter, En-Nesyri is still the main man for the team and has got a decent stat pad to his name. In 88 appearances for Sevilla, the player has 33 goals and 1 assist, with a Europa League title to his name. He finished the 2020/21 season with 18 goals in 38 La Liga games and 6 goals in 8 Champions League appearances. (stats via TRANSFERMARKT)
The Morocco international has however been unlucky this season with injuries, making just 10 appearances across all competitions with 3 goals and 2 assists. Nevertheless, the player is an excellent striker with great finishing. He averages 1.7 shots per game and makes 73.4% successful passes. The Moroccan also has the potential to play as a winger on both ends. (stats via WHOSCORED)
Is Youssef En-Nesyri a worth it target for Arsenal?
With the future of their current forward unclear, Arteta has already made his plans clear for the transfer windows. While the club aims to sign Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dusan Vlahovic, but interests from other clubs could put a halt to those plans.
Therefore, by not putting all their eggs in one basket, Arsenal hopes to get in Youssef as a potential backup. Sevilla’s main man’s inputs could be highly beneficial for the Premier League side. However, with Nesyri’s current contract lasting till 2025, the North London outfit will have to spend a bit more to trigger his release clause.
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