Arsenal transfer target Youssef Msakni has dealt a blow to the Gunners’ reported pursuit by claiming he wants to stay in Tunisia.
Emirates Stadium boss Arsene Wenger is a fan of the skilful midfielder, who currently plies his trade for Esperance Tunis in Tunisia – according to talkSPORT.
Msakni is a prominent personality in his homeland and has expressed his desire to extend his current deal, which runs to 2013.
“My intention is to renew with Esperance Tunis as I believe I'm playing for a big team,” he is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.
“But in any case, it is a matter for the President Meddeb to decide on my future. My preference? I can only say one thing: 'I love Esperance Tunis'.”
Arsenal are no the only team interested in the 21-year-old, however, as flush French side PSG have reportedly made contact with Esperance and the club’s president Hamdi Meddeb is considering an offer.
Msakni caught the eye in Tunisia’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign this year, scoring two goals on their way to a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Ghana.
If Wenger were to make a move for the talented playmaker, he would struggle to cope with the financial might of the Ligue 1 side.