by Lewis Ambrose

According to his agent, AC Milan have rejected offers from English clubs for young Frenchman M’Baye Niang, report the Daily Express.

Back in 2012 Arsenal and Chelsea tried to sign the forward, but it was Milan who clinched a deal. Now 20 years old the last three years have not gone well for Niang but Milan want to keep hold of him anyway.

“There were a lot of clubs after the lad, but every offer was rejected,” his agent revealed to MilanNews. “There were offers from England, and also from France and Italy. They were rejected by Milan, and Niang is still here.”

According to the newspaper the clubs who had approaches knocked back were Arsenal and Chelsea, perhaps looking to make up for losing out on the player back in 2012. That, however, seems incredibly unlikely.

Nina still has plenty of time on his side but he hasn’t impressed at a senior level just yet so it seems like an unnecessary risk to take. Arsenal and Chelsea both already have plenty of options going forward and the addition of an unproven u21 international would be unlikely.

Last season Niang scored five times during a loan spell at Genoa, which is the same number he scored the season before on loan at Montpellier in his native France.

Now he looks set to continue at AC Milan and, even if there were offers from England, we highly doubt Arsenal or Chelsea were involved.

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