Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Nice have all enquired about the availability of Torino forward M’Baye Niang, according to reports in Italy.
TuttoMercatoWeb write that Arsenal are one of three clubs to ask for information on Niang, but they haven’t made an official offer for the player at this stage.
Niang only moved to Torino permanently this summer, after they took up their option-to-buy in his loan deal from AC Milan. That’s not to say the Serie A club won’t look to make a quick profit by selling on in the same window though.
The 23-year-old had a decent season in 2017/18, playing mostly out on the left wing for Torino. He scored four goals and assisted another three in his 29 appearances, but really caught the eye with Senegal at the World Cup.
In three games in Russia, he scored one and made another, winning WhoScored‘s man of the match award for his first game in the competition against Poland.
Niang has previously played in England with Watford, spending a few months on loan in the 2016/17 season. He likes to carry the ball and take players on, winning free-kicks, and putting in crosses, so he could add something to the Arsenal squad out wide.
We’ll see if they decide to pursue a deal, depending on the response to their initial enquiry. For the record, Football.London claim a move for Niang to Arsenal is not on the cards. Then again, they add that Sven Mislintat is hoping to sign Ousmane Dembele instead, so perhaps we should take their report with a pinch of salt.