Arsenal and Chelsea are both allegedly interested in signing Yacine Brahimi from Porto, but are only prepared to pay half of what the Portuguese side want for their player.
The report, which appeared in A Bola, says that the player, who has been training away from the rest of the squad as his club look to sort out his future, is valued at €30m by Porto who are surely high on transfer window fumes because if he was really worth that sort of money, they wouldn’t think he wasn’t good enough for them.
Brahimi is 26 now, having been with Porto just two seasons since signing from Granada for around €6.5m.
With one Google search, you see that he has also been linked with Liverpool, Manchester City, and a few other clubs that you throw into the mix when you’re trying to make a transfer story sound like it means something to someone somewhere.
A left winger, it is a position that Arsenal need to strengthen and given that he can also play on the right or as an attacking midfielder, his versatility would appeal to Wenger.
His price tag, however, would not.
Brahimi scored seven goals and grabbed eight assists in 33 league games last season. He scored a total of nine (with 10 assists) across 44 games in all competitions.
He picked up the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award for 2014 but hasn’t looked the same player since he returned from the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 which seems to be a large part of why Porto are trying to sell him.