Kingsley Coman was the subject of a late bid from Arsenal this summer, recent speculation suggests.
The Gunners were active in the market right up until the final stages of the summer transfer window, with a £16 million deal to bring Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck to North London only completed with the aid of an extension from the Premier League.
While many other players were linked with potential moves to Arsenal on a particularly hectic deadline day, Welbeck was the only arrival as Manchester United sought to offload the 23-year-old following their surprising capture of Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco.
Coman bid rejected
However, according to reports from the Daily Star, Juventus starlet Coman was another player being pursued by Arsene Wenger before last week.
Indeed, it is suggested that Arsenal even went as far as to submit an offer worth an estimated £3.9 million for the French U21 international - a bid that seemingly fell well below the player's valuation and was swiftly rejected by his current employers.
Given that Coman only joined the Serie A champions in July following the expiration of his contract at previous club Paris Saint-Germain, any offer for Coman at this stage would surely have been destined to fail.
The 18-year-old - an attacking midfielder who can also play as a striker and has represented his native France at every youth level up to and including U21 - made his senior debut for Juventus last month, starting and featuring for 68 minutes of Massimiliano Allegri's side's hard-fought 1-0 victory over Chievo at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi before being replaced by Fernando Llorente.
Arsenal were in obvious need of adding an extra forward to their ranks before the recent deadline, of course, with first-choice option Olivier Giroud ruled out until January with a foot injury sustained in the closing stages of August's 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
Wenger - much to the frustration of the majority of Gunners supporters - seemed content to use young Yaya Sanogo as an alternative option until his compatriot's return, with Alexis Sanchez also capable of operating through the middle.
That resolute if somewhat misguided stance seemed to change after the former produced another lacklustre display against newly-promoted Leicester, although Wenger did very recently concede that he initially only wanted to bring in Welbeck on a loan deal.
Whether Arsenal would have moved for the England man at all had they been successful in their attempt to land Coman is another interesting point for debate.
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