Arsenal are inching closer to sealing a move for Paris Saint-Germain starlet Yacine Adli this summer. According to recent reports, the Gunners are on the verge of completing their first signing of the summer with the PSG starlet set to arrive at the Emirates Stadium during this summer transfer period.
The French youngster, whose playing style has often been compared to Adrien Rabiot, can be considered as one of the most promising defenders in European football. It is understood that PSG were desperate to keep hold of him but some sources are now claiming that the French starlet has declined a deal to stay at the French capital in order to seal a switch to North London.
The 17-year-old had an excellent campaign last year when he set the UEFA Youth League on fire with some eye-catching displays for the French giants.
Adli has represented his country at multiple youth levels and made a name for himself last year when he helped the Les Bleus top their group in the U-17 FIFA World Cup in India. He has massive potential and could turn out to be a shrewd acquisition for the Gunners if they end up completing his transfer in the coming months.
The North London side have only managed to claim a 6th placed finish in the English top tier last season which will see them not take part in the UEFA Champions League this year. Hence, Unai Emery needs to bring in some top class players during this summer transfer window so that his team can compete for some major trophies and clinch a top 4 finish in the upcoming season.
The addition of Adli will undoubtedly bolster Emery’s attacking options at the Emirates Stadium in the future but for now, the French starlet needs to develop so that he can take his game to the next level. The Gunners have an array of attacking midfield talents such as Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi vying for a place in Unai Emery’s starting XI. The potential acquisition of Adli will add more competition for places within Arsenal’s youth squad and improve their first-team in a few years time.
At 17, the French talent has a lot of time to grow and nurture his game so that he can cut the mustard in the Premier League. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Adli and whether his move to North London turns out to be a success.