The name M’baye Niang may not be that well known to the average football fan, but he could be about to arrive at a very big club in Europe this summer,
Niang is a 17-year-old striker who plays in the second tier of French football with the small club of Caen. However, Niang is also one of the brightest prospects to come out of France for a very long time and is already a France under-21 international.
He has played and scored in Ligue Un, as well, making over 30 first-team appearances for Caen since his debut in 2011.
You can begin to see why some of Europe’s biggest clubs are taking serious looks at the youngster.
Arsene Wenger is famed for bringing in young French talent and making them world-class players—Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, to name just two.
Niang has also already been on trial with the Gunners, but they have failed to come to an agreement with Caen over a fee for the talented striker.
Manchester City are also said to be interested in acquiring Niang, as Roberto Mancini looks to bring Europe’s top talent to the Etihad Stadium.
Caen are said to be looking for around £8 million for the teenage sensation, which in today’s market is a snip.
A fast, powerful player who looks to have a natural goal scorer's touch, Niang could suit the Premier League down the ground.
I’m not saying that Niang will be ready for first-team action with either side next season; he is very raw. But he has very good natural ability, and he is a bright prospect at whom any club attempting to improve would benefit from looking.
So where will he end up?
Personally I think that Arsenal is the likely destination for M’baye Niang. Under the tutelage of Wenger, he could become a world-class striker in the next couple of years.