Arsenal have had a bid for Caen sensation M'Baye Niang turned down, according to the French club's chairman.
Jean-Francois Fortin revealed Arsene Wenger's side have approached Caen over a deal for Niang, but that their opening proposal was not satisfactory. The 17-year-old striker has caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, and Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle are all thought to be monitoring the youngster.
But Fortin admitted Arsenal have submitted an opening offer, although the bid "is not derogatory but is not yet quite what we want", according to the chairman. The Metro reports that Arsenal's initial offer was £6million, but that Mancheseter City are prepared to stretch to £10million to seal a deal.
Niang spent last week on trial with the Gunners and is thought to have impressed the Arsenal coaching staff during his time at the London Colney training complex.
The highly-rated striker has been a long-term target for Arsene Wenger, and Caen are resigned to seeing their top young prospect depart after their relegation from Ligue 1 last season.
But Manchester City are reportedly keen to take the youngster on trial as well, as they weigh up a bid for the powerful forward.
Niang is rated as one of the best young players in French football and made his debut aged just 16. A versatile forward, who can also operate on the wings, Niang has already represented France at Under-21 level.