Arsenal-linked 17-year-old Adil Aouchiche confirmed his departure from Paris Saint-Germain on Friday, after running down his contract with the club.

Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adil Aouchiche celebrates after scoring a goal during the French Cup football match between Linas-Montlhery and Paris Saint-Germain on January 5, 2020 at the Stade Bobin in Bondoufle, south of Paris. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain’s French midfielder Adil Aouchiche celebrates after scoring on January 5, 2020. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

Writing on his Instagram page on Friday, Aouchiche confirmed he’ll leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer. He wrote: “A page is turning, thank you Paris for all these unforgettable moments.”

This just confirms the reports from last month that Aouchiche recently informed PSG he didn’t plan to extend his contract. As a result, he’ll now leave the club on a free transfer.

Saint-Etienne are the most strongly-linked club at the moment, but Arsenal were definitely among others in the race in the last couple of months. Stade Rennais, Lille and Leicester City also got a mention.

Aouchiche reportedly wants a €4m signing-on fee from his new club and €25,000-a-week. Most importantly, he’ll choose the best sporting project for him, looking for immediate first-team opportunities.

That obviously makes things a bit more difficult for a club like Arsenal, whereas the likes of Saint-Etienne are well-placed.

The 17-year-old scored nine goals in five matches at last year’s u17 European Championship. He made his senior PSG debut this season, scoring in one of his three appearances.

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