Valenciennes defender emerged as shock transfer target for Arsenal

By | April 15, 2021

Arsenal are allegedly one of three clubs that are interested in signing Valenciennes starlet Ismael Doukoure this summer.

The 17-year-old centre-half only made his professional debut in October, but the ace has impressed for the Ligue 2 club where he has featured in 15 outings.

He has started the last six league matches for the French side having become a key player for Olivier Guegan’s side.

And his performances have not  went unnoticed, with Foot Mercato claiming the talent could be set to depart Stade du Hainaut at the end of the term.

They state that Arsenal are eyeing up a move for the youngster, who has been likened to the club’s former transfer target Dayot Upamecano.

They were known to be long-term admirers of the RB Leipzig player, but have missed out on his acquiring his services after he agreed to join Bayern Munich.

And the North Londoners could miss out on Ismael’s signature if they don’t act fast, with Leicester said to be monitoring his progress.

The Foxes dipped into the French market last year to tempt Wesley Fofana away from St-Etienne, and the club could look to raid one of the country’s top talents again.

Foot Mercato have also declared that Ligue 1 outfit Strasbourg are aiming to keep him in France, with the club already approaching Doukoure about a possible move.

Doukoure signed for Valenciennes from Lille in 2017 and was rewarded with a three-year contract last summer.