Yacine Adli was heavily linked to a move to Arsenal this summer before he eventually signed a contract extension with PSG, but let’s have a look at how the 18-year-old has been getting on since then.
Back in June, Adli got so close to an Arsenal transfer that English outlets such as Goal and The Guardian posted stories claiming that confirmation of his arrival was only days away.
Then, French outlet RMC reported that the midfielder had a ‘change of heart’ before PSG announced that he’d signed a new deal to remain with the club a few weeks later. Arsenal turned their attention to Matteo Guendouzi, who has made such an eye-catching start to life in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, things are going very differently for Adli. Though he often trains with the senior group at PSG, Thomas Tuchel hasn’t given him a senior call-up on a single occasion, not even for a bench spot. The midfielder’s sole first-team involvements remain a debut and squad appearance under Unai Emery.
As a result, L’Equipe reported last month that PSG are planning to send Adli on loan in the winter window.
In the meantime, Adli has been playing for the PSG reserves, and he did also manage to make his u20 debut for France in October. You wonder if he looks across at Guendouzi with his 19 senior appearances for Arsenal and a couple of u21 matches for France and thinks about what might have been though.
On the upside, Adli’s €60,000 monthly contract, €1m signing bonus and the fact he’s an 18-year-old with a lot of potential means he can’t be too down about the whole thing.