Ligue 1 side OGC Nice have made a £6.8m move to rival that of Arsenal’s reported bid for KAS Eupen’s Henry Onyekuru, according to a recent report.
Nice, who both surprised and impressed many to finish third in this season’s Ligue 1 table, believe they have the upper hand in negotiations as work permit rules are not as strict in France and their fantastic season means they can offer UEFA Champions League football.
Onyekuru is still young and despite eye-catching performances in Belgium’s Pro League, it’s hard to believe that he would command a regular starting berth at Arsenal unless an injury crisis meant that Wenger’s attacking options were severely depleted.
As a result, it’s more likely that his representatives would push him towards a move to Nice, where he could increase stock further with impressive performances whilst emulating the success of players like Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé in recent seasons.
Arsenal have reportedly been told to increase their bid to £7.85m whilst offering wages of £35,000-a-week in order to persuade KAS Eupen to let their coveted asset leave this summer.
His dream is to emulate the success of Thierry Henry and if he avoids a move to Arsenal now, it could prove beneficial in the long-term, especially if he continues to progress and earn experience at a top level before joining the Premier League.
Nice have a good reputation for helping youngsters progress in the senior squad, evidenced by the likes of Malang Sarr and Vincent Koziello recently.
Onyekuru made his international debut during Nigeria’s 3-0 friendly win over Togo and will be eager for more opportunities in future, so perhaps Nice’s project will entice him to join them this summer?