Arsenal close to agreeing deal for France Under-21 striker.
Arsenal have beaten Lille OSC to the signing of AJ Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo, according to Radio Monte Carlo.
The France Under-21 striker scored eight times in seven games in Ligue 2 this season, despite an abductor muscle tear keeping him out of action for much of the campaign.
Because he is out of contract this summer, he is free to discuss a move with any interested club.
LOSC and Arsenal were revealed as the parties considering signing Sanogo in March, and it appears that the north London side have won the race for his signature.
Gunners scout Gilles Grimandi has spoken with the 20 year-old’s representatives and reportedly agreed a four year contract, and will likely be a backup option for the Arsenal strikeforce next season, or go out on loan.
Sanogo is tall at 6’3″, but has a lanky build and has not yet filled out like the on paper similar Romelu Lukaku.
If he fulfils his potential however, he could become an immensely valuable player for the Gunners – and a bargain too, given he will be available for nothing.
Arsene Wenger confirmed the news in his press conference.
Wenger on signing Yaya Sanogo: ‘It is in advanced stages but it is not done’ #NUFCvAFC
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