Arsenal have already agreed a deal for their first summer signing, the €25m transfer of Leandro Trossard, according to club fanzine The Gooner.
The Gooner have made the rather sensationalist claim that Arsenal already have an agreement with Genk for Trossard’s summer transfer, despite the fact we’re only in February. They call the winger ‘Sven Mislintat’s parting gift to the club’, and add that the deal could’ve gone through in January but for the restricted budget.
There were plenty of rumours linking Arsenal to Trossard back in November. The player’s agent claimed The Gunners were interested in his client, and they’d been following him since August.
Genk’s manager added that they weren’t worried about losing the player in January, as they didn’t plan to do business in the winter window. He admitted they had more trouble keeping Trossard last summer though.
The Guardian reported on the potential transfer in their gossip section, but that was about as serious as reports got in the English media back then. If The Gooner have their facts straight, that could be about to change, but we’ll have to wait for more concrete evidence before jumping to conclusions.
Trossard has 17 goals and eight assists in 29 games this season, mostly playing as a left-winger. He’s helped push Genk to the top of the Belgian Pro League, but it remains to be seen how he’d adapt to one of Europe’s tougher divisions.