Arsenal are said to be looking at 18-year-old Ramadan Sobhi as Stoke make a bid for the Al Ahly player according to reports that emerged on Sunday and were picked up across the globe on Monday.
Originating with ESPN, the report that spread across the internet also claimed that Roma were interested in the player.
Seen as one of the best young talents from Egypt, he broke into the national team when he was just 17 and with Stoke scouts watching him in recent weeks, the Potters have allegedly tabled an offer for the player his club are reluctant to lose.
A right-footer who plays on left wing, he sounds very much like an Arsene Wenger signing – young, unknown and an attacking midfielder. Add in to the mix that he’s likely to be available for a very reasonable price (his current market value is said to be around £900k although a contract until 2020 means this will not be enough to land him), and you’d wonder why the club haven’t made a bid.
Arsenal have been linked with a few players for their left with reports even claiming that Wenger wants Vardy to play there and this player is obscure enough that there could be something to the rumours.
Of course, interest in a player does not always turn into a concrete bid, but with one Egyptian already at the club, Wenger could use Mohamed Elneny to convince Sobhi to pick Arsenal.
If Arsenal decide to pick him as well, obviously.