My favourite transfer story that has been floating about under the radar for the last week or so is the one linking Arsenal to FC Midtjylland’s explosive winger Pione Sisto.
Arsenal’s interest was first mentioned in a story in the Danish press linking the winger to FC Porto as part of their annual mission to hoover up young talent for future profits, claiming that the Dragões were looking to pip interest from Arsenal, Juventus and Barcelona, all of whom have had scouts watching him.
Within a couple of days both Sport Witness and calciomercato.com were reporting that Arsenal’s interest was concrete, and a few different sources have suggested that negotiations are ongoing. Apparently Porto’s initial bid was 30m Kr. which was flatly refused. Hardly surprising when the exchange rate sets that at about £3m, particularly given that Midtjylland won the Danish title this year, and Sisto has just been called up to the Danish senior squad, within months of his under-21 debut, despite just returning from injury.
So who is he?
Born in Uganda to South Sudanese parents, he moved to his adopted home at only 2 months old, and is a full Danish Citizen. His parents ambushed him for an impromptu traditional tribal dance in costume at his u21 call up press conference, which was both moving and entertaining, but also showed his dual cultural pride.
With 14 goals in 49 appearances for the Danish Superliga outfit, it’s clear he has an eye for goal. He can play on either flank, but prefers the left, where he can cut inside onto his powerful right foot. He is short (5 “7), but is stocky and powerful as well as deceptively quick. He was named Danish Superliga Player of the Year in 2014 and scored a hat-trick on his debut for the Under-21s.
And anyone who has played Football Manager 2015 knows that he is a bargain who produces good results!
Here is a short video to whet the whistle…try to ignore the standard of goalkeeping!