Arsenal have made an approach to the entourage of young FC Lyon forward Yad Lochereau after he impressed in the recent u16 Montaigu Tournament.

Yad Lochereau of Olympique Lyonnais playing with OGC Nice u16s at the Montaigu Tournament (Photo by Vincent Michel / Getty Images)
Yad Lochereau of Olympique Lyonnais playing with OGC Nice u16s at the Montaigu Tournament (Photo by Vincent Michel / Getty Images)

According to Foot Mercato, a number of clubs have shown an interest in Lochereau after his performances at the Montaigu Tournament in France. Ligue 1 clubs like AS Monaco and Nice took notice of his performances, but Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Ajax were also sufficiently impressed to make contact with the player’s entourage.

Lochereau is contracted to FC Lyon, but he was playing for OGC Nice at the event, as Lyon didn’t participate. Nice ended up winning the tournament, so it’s no surprise one of their star attackers is getting some attention.

Arsenal would’ve been in attendance to watch the games anyway, as three of their youth stars were participating for their countries in the international section of the event. Daniel Oyegoke and Charlie Patino played for England, whilst Marcelo Flores featured in every game for Mexico as they reached the final.

Lochereau has had trouble acquiring his FFF license to allow him to play for the u17s with Lyon, so he’s had to feature for their u15 side up until now. However, he trains with the u17s and had no trouble proving his worth at u16 level in the Montaigu Tournament. His coach Jordan Gonzalez had a lot of praise for the youngster.

“It would be a miracle if we managed to keep him next season,” Gonzalez said. “He has tremendous qualities, he was very good in the tournaments in which he participated. He put in great performances stepping up to the u16 category. But it’s not surprising. With us, the U17s, two years up, we already do not see the difference.”

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