Lille midfielder Sofiane Boufal would be interested in a move to Arsenal, if he was to come to the Premier League, according to his agent.
The 22-year-old has scored three goals in eight appearances for the Ligue 1 team but has been linked with a move away. However, his agent says this isn’t likely to happen too soon.
“There’s no need to jump at every opportunity and move too quickly, as those who do tend to burn their wings,” the agent said. “It’s always delicate when you go to a foreign league, firstly because, unfortunately, the level of football in Italy, Spain or England is higher than in France, and secondly because you need to adapt.
“So for Sofiane, the time to think about this will be in April or May, towards the end of the season, and then we’ll see if there are any interesting projects or decide if it would be better to stay at Lille another year, like Eden Hazard did to get the move to Chelsea he wanted. It also depends of Lille’s season, if they finish in Europa spots or Champions League spots. We’ll have to look at Lille’s project, which is serious and a good one to mature in.”
His agent, Yvan Le Mée, went on to say that if he was to move to England, it would be to a team like Arsenal and not Spurs, who are reportedly interested in the youngster.
“We manage a lot of players, and 90% of them all dream of the Premier League,” the agent continued. “It’s the league to be in these days. Then again, the debate will be to decide which type of league will be best for Sofiane. Will it be the Premier League, or in a more technical league, like Spain or Italy?
“You’ve also got to ask which type of English team. It would be easier for Sofiane to play in a team like Arsenal than in another English team that plays a more physical game. It all depends on the player’s and the team’s characteristics.”
At this point, as much as we love a french attacking midfielder, Arsenal have purely been brought up as an example by Boufal’s agent. We’re not being directly linked with him and it appears to just be pure speculation at the moment.
Whether more comes of it considering his style of play, we’ll see, but at the moment it’s looking doubtful that we’re even interested in the lad.