Thanks to a decent season, after Arsenal sold him, Jeff-Reine Adelaide is wanted by AC Milan according to a report from Italy.
Ivan Gazidis’s club has been scouting the 21-year-old ‘closely in recent months’ and will continue to do so at the upcoming u21 Euros that take place, handily enough, in Italy.
Within a few months of being sold by Arsenal for £1.44m Reine-Adelaide saw one of the sharpest rises in Europe in market value. In short, his price went up 137%.
In fact, it went up even more when compared to what Arsenal sold him for as he went for below market value when we got rid of him. Six months after that jump The Jeff is reportedly worth around £9.9m.
Speaking shortly after he left the club, Reine-Adelaide revealed that he would have liked to have stayed to learn under Emery but that wasn’t to be.
“On the little that I could rub shoulders with him, he is a very good coach,” the former Gunner said. “He brings back a lot of joy to the training sessions. He is a pure tactician. I learned a lot in three weeks with him. I would have liked to work with him. But that did not happen and I’m in Angers.
“I met world-class stars [at Arsenal],” he added. “I only have positive things to say about my time at Arsenal. I trained with great players, known around the world. I played a few games, and I met a golden coach in Arsène Wenger.
“He taught me many things. I think I learnt how to be mentally strong there. It wasn’t always easy. He always helped me, always talked to me, before or after training, to tell me I was young and it would happen one day or another.
“He helped me progress as a player but also as a young man. It’s important for the manager to help people become men. I don’t know if he’ll take over another team, but I hope for him that it happens.”
Reine-Adelaide finished his first season with Angers with three goals and three assists from 35 games in the league.
At Arsenal, he played 29 times for the u23s, scoring three and assisting six. He made eight first team appearances totalling 383 minutes while he also represented the u19s in the UEFA u19 league and the u18s where he scored one and assisted two in four games.
Arsenal most likely have a substantial sell-on fee inserted into Reine-Adelaide’s contract so should benefit at least a little more should he make a move.