Inter Milan new boy, Yann Karamoh, claims that Arsenal were interested in signing him over the summer.
Karamoh secured a two-year loan move to Inter from Ligue 1 club Caen on 31 August but claims that the Serie A club, who have an obligation to purchase the 19-year-old at the end of his spell in Italy, weren’t the only team interested in signing him.
“I came to a new team, it’s important for me to know what their aims are for me,” Karamoh said, reports Premium Sport HD.
“PSG were expecting further steps from me. Arsenal contacted my agents to take me straight away.
“There was also the interest of Monaco and Lyon, but I decided to come here.
“Italian football is a novelty for me. Here there’s a lot more quality than in France, seen last year when Juventus played Monaco.”
Although the Gunners’ interest in the forward wouldn’t have grabbed as many headlines as their pursuit of Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, it’s yet another example of Arsenal failing to secure their target.
While they managed to sign Alexandre Lacazette for £52m early in the window and Sead Kolasinac on a free, none of their other moves for players worked out. It was for this reason that Gooners have been crying out for the club to appoint a director of football, since transfer negotiations are obviously breaking down somewhere, potentially as a result of not having one.
Karamoh had been at Caen for six years and rose through the ranks, making 35 Ligue 1 appearances last season, scoring five goals and assisting four.
The teenager has also been capped twice for France’s u21s, scoring once.