A player said to be on Arsenal’s radar this month who’s very much in league with Kylian Mbappe costs just £10million, according to Sky Sports.
A month ago, Le10 Sport claimed that the Gunners were interested in Reims forward Boulaye Dia, whose 12 Ligue 1 strikes so far this season put him level with the PSG star at the top of the goalscoring charts.
Arsenal weren’t the only club said to be in the mix though – fellow Premier League side Everton and French outfit Marseille are also thought to be interested in the 24-year-old.
Sky Sports has now reported that West Ham are also interested in Dia as they seek to replace Sebastien Haller following his unexpected move to Ajax.
And most interestingly for Arsenal and the other suitors is his reported £10million price tag, a very affordable price for a fairly young striker with a proven record in one of Europe’s top leagues.
Admittedly, Dia’s first two seasons with Reims following his move from French fourth-league Jura Sud weren’t much to shout about, with four goals from 21 games in 2018-19 and eight from 28 games in 2019-20.
However, he has truly kicked on this season and, on top of his impressive tally at club level, he also made his debut for Senegal in October this year, with three caps now to his name.
Indeed, the official Ligue 1 website deemed Dia “one to watch” last November, penning an in-depth article about his career so far and his style of play.
They wrote: “Whether he plays through the middle or on the right-hand side of the attack, Dia loves playing on the shoulder of his marker, using his turn of pace to burst through on goal.
“He is utterly direct regardless of his starting position and is confident finishing with either foot once he gets one-on-one with an opposition goalkeeper.”
Although Arsenal aren’t exactly in need of any reinforcements up front this month, the opportunity to snap up a player like Dia, who has shown so much improvement in such a short space of time and is reportedly going for such a modest price tag, shouldn’t be passed up.
The player’s trajectory, going from a small regional club to the top flight and developing into one of its most prolific strikers, echoes that of Jamie Vardy, and what club wouldn’t like to snap up the next Vardy?