Arsenal, Huddersfield, Leicester and Southampton have all shown interest in Basel forward Mohamed Elyounoussi, according to reports in Switzerland.
Swiss outlet Blick claim Huddersfield are the latest club to join the race, with the other three expressing their interest much earlier. They say the forward wants to leave Basel after they failed to win the league this year.
Previously, Elyounoussi admitted interest in him from Arsenal. Even though he wouldn’t name the club, it was very clear who he meant:
“A club which is usually in the Premier League top four has followed me for a long time,” he said. “I just learned that they have stepped up their interest even more after what happened in the Champions League.
“Is it Arsenal? I can’t comment, but it is a club that everybody knows with a long history. A big club that has watched me a couple of times before, but they have now increased their interest in me.”
Another player who made the switch from the Swiss Super League to the Premier League was Mo Salah. Elyounoussi is hoping to be the next Salah, as he told the media: “Mo Salah inspires me. He has had an exciting season, and he is one of several players to do well after leaving Basel.
“Could I move to an English club? It depends on who comes in for me. I feel that I am good enough to make the big step up.”
He also admitted that if an English club did come in for him, he would probably cost around £18m. Still, that’s no major expense for the likes of Arsenal nowadays. The club spent over £100m on just two strikers in the last couple of transfer windows.
Why should Arsenal want Elyounoussi?
Elyounoussi’s strengths are his passing and dribbling, as well as his ability to hold onto the ball. Those are certainly traits that would fit in well at Arsenal, particularly the ability to carry the ball, as the club lack wingers who can take people on right now.
In 41 appearances for his current club, the 23-year-old has 10 goals and 17 assists. What’s more, one of the goals and one of the assists came against Manchester City in this year’s Champions League.
The player is also very versatile, playing on the left, in the middle, or even up front this season.
He’s really finding form towards the end of 2017/18, with two goals and four assists in his last four league games. Perhaps he senses a move is on the horizon if he really impresses before the end of the campaign. We’ll see if that’s the case.