Arsenal Transfer News: Yaya Sanogo Confirms Desire to Join Gunners over Summer

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 21, 2013

Photo via The Independent.
Photo via The Independent.

Arsenal have been given a huge boost ahead of the summer transfer window with the news that transfer target Yaya Sanogo is keen on joining the North London club.

The Ligue 2 striker—who was confirmed last week by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as a transfer target—has publicly stated via Sky Sports that if he is to leave Auxerre this summer for England, he would relish the opportunity to play at Arsenal alongside some of the the best players in world football.

Sanogo was quoted as saying:

Arsenal could be a great club for me, I scored nine goals this season with Auxerre and they think I can improve my level in England. I am pleased to be following in the footsteps of Abou Diaby who came through Auxerre. There are many teams interested in me, but Arsenal is my choice...

The news is a huge boost for the Gunners, who will head into the summer transfer window with a strong budget and plans for many potential additions.

And whilst the signing of Sanogo isn't likely to attract a plethora of media attention, it is still a great move by Arsenal. As I noted earlier this week, it's a smart, savvy move by the Gunners for a striker with huge potential—making it a win-win situation for the North London club this summer.

Standing at 6'3", Sanogo has the size and physicality required to thrive in the English Premier League. Moreover, he has great skill on both feet and has a keen eye in front of the goal—shown most clearly in the seven goals that he scored in just two games earlier this season for Auxerre.

The Daily Mirror reports that Sanogo broke the French national under-16 goal scoring record, and has shown many of the attributes that great French and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry had at his age.

But perhaps the best part, for Arsenal, is the transfer cost.

The Gunners will only have to pay a small compensation fee to Auxerre for the striker, and when they do sign him, the striker's wages will be very minimal.

That, in turn, will still allow them to make whatever big moves they desire over the summer transfer window—meaning they can still make moves for the likes of Stevan Jovetic, Kevin Strootman or any others they desire to add to their squad.

Signing Sanogo isn't an exclusive transfer in that it will hinder their chances of landing one of their more-fancied targets.

And for next to nothing in terms of cost, it's seemingly a great deal for Arsenal.

Signing him is a low-risk deal that, potentially, could have very high rewards.


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