Yacine Brahimi has reportedly agreed to join Arsenal this summer with an announcement expected at the end of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 29-year-old Algerian winger Yacine Brahimi is out of contract with FC Porto and has been offered contracts by Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas however it is Arsenal who have convinced him to join according to reports from Portugal.
They mention Brahimi’s ‘greed’ but also his desire to sign for a top club. Everton and West Ham also reportedly approached the winger who is valued just under £20m. Patrick Vieira and Nice are also said to be interested.
Brahimi scored 10 and assisted four in 32 Liga NOS games last season and during his five years with Porto scored 54 and assisted 43 in 215 games.
Arsenal reportedly held talks with Brahimi in January when they met with his representatives. As Dan wrote in that report, “Brahimi’s best attributes are his dribbling, his through balls and his passing, though he doesn’t provide anything much in the way of defensive contribution. His finishing is also a bit inconsistent, even if he’s on a great goalscoring run at the moment, with four goals in six games.”
The Africa Cup of Nations finishes on 19 July however if the move does go ahead I’d expect an announcement to come when Algeria are eliminated from the competition.