While many Arsenal fans will be looking for a big-name player as their first summer signing, the Gunners have apparently decided to go down a different route.
According to comments that manager Arsene Wenger made via the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are set to sign Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo over the start of the summer transfer window, with the club only having to pay a small compensation fee for the French Under-21 international.
We are advanced with him [Sanogo], but it's not done. I'm very confident (it will be done). He is a young striker who is promising.
He has some talent. Big talent.
The news might come as a shock to come Gunners fans, but the reality is that Sanogo truly is a perfect signing for the North London club to make this summer window.
Read on to see the biggest reasons why.
Extremely Talented Player
First and foremost, it must be noted that Sanogo is an extremely talented player despite only playing a handful of games for Ligue 2 side Auxerre.
Sanogo is 6'3'' with an excellent combination of strength and speed and has the size and skill required to become a very dominant Premier League striker.
He is more raw than most players, but his upside is greater than that of Olivier Giroud, who the club signed over last year's summer transfer window period.
Sanogo's career has been littered by injuries thus far, but given that his role will primarily be as a squad player, that shouldn't be too much of a big deal for Arsenal.
This is especially true given his keen eye for goal and poaching ability that saw him break the French national Under-16 goalscoring record (per the Daily Mirror).
Playing alongside the likes of Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Giroud should see plenty of chances fall his way.
As highlighted above, Arsenal will pay next to nothing to sign the youngster this summer—paying just a small compensation fee to Auxerre for his services.
For that, the Gunners need to pull the trigger.
Arsenal will reportedly have a strong transfer budget to operate with this summer and will be eying off moves for some of the biggest names in world football.
Thus, to sign a player with tremendous upside and potential for a paltry fee is incredible. It will allow the Gunners to make several other big moves, and even in the worst-case scenario where he doesn't become a good striker, Arsenal will be comforted by the fact it hardly cost them anything to sign him.
His current transfer value is less than £500,000, according to Transfermarkt, and that will no doubt go up once the Gunners sign him. Which, again, in a worst-case scenario would likely still see them make a very easy profit off their signing should it turn out to be a transfer flop.
Sanogo is under contract until June 30, 2013, so the Gunners will be free to sign him on a free transfer fee after that date and the transfer window officially opens.
This Isn't the "Big-Name" Deal
Perhaps the biggest key reason behind why a deal is so good for Arsenal is that it doesn't at all hinder whatever other transfer plans they might have for the summer.
Signing Sanogo doesn't mean they cannot chase Stevan Jovetic (per the Daily Mail) or Loic Remy (per the Daily Mirror), and neither striker is going to be "put off" by them signing Sanogo into their squad for the year ahead.
Any new arrivals up front aren't going to be threatened, and the Gunners will barely even notice the compensation fee coming out of their strong transfer budget.
This isn't the "big-name" player that Arsenal fans are crying for, and most importantly, the deal doesn't stop Wenger from making that move later in the summer.
It's the epitome of a win-win deal for the North London club, and given Sanogo's tremendous potential, it can seemingly only go up from here for the Gunners.
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