Arsenal in competition with Barcelona over the signature of AS Nancy teenager Bilel Hassaini

first_imgArsenal in competition with Barcelona over the signature of AS Nancy teenager Bilel Hassaini France youth international Bilel Hassaini is on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)A report from Foot Mercato last week stated that Arsenal would be looking to integrate Hassaini into their U23 team initially rather than into the first-team squad. Crystal Palace are also in the market for the youngster and could offer him a quicker route to first-team football.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnai Emery is on the market for cheap reinforcements this summer having been given a meagre transfer budget of between £40-45m and signing a highly sought-after young player for a small fee would be in line with the club’s current financial situation.Arsenal have been linked with a number of young French players this summer including PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe, Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba and Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Unai Emery is on the lookout for reinforcements this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are competing with Barcelona over the signing of AS Nancy forward Bilel Hassaini after PSG dropped out of the running, according to Get French Football.The 18-year-old, who has been capped 11 times by France at U17 level, is available for transfer this summer as cash-strapped Nancy need to raise money to avoid relegation to National – the third-tier of French football.Hassaini had been in advanced discussions to join PSG, however, negotiations with the Ligue 1 champions have reached a dead end, resulting in Barcelona and Arsenal moving to the front of the queue to secure his services.Nancy would be entitled a compensation fee should Hassaini depart as he has refused to sign a professional contract with the club, meaning he is technically still a youth team player. PSG had been set to pay just €300,000 for him before talks collapsed.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Jun 2019 12:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link201Shareslast_img

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