Arsenal have joined the race to sign Cagliari starlet Godfred Donsah, a talented holding midfielder already being monitored by both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Donsah has been a regular feature in Serie A this season at the tender age of 18, showing enough raw potential for leading Premier League clubs to consider a formal offer this summer.
The Evening Standard today reports that Arsenal are the latest club to show an interest in the Ghanaian enforcer, despite facing a minimum £10 million transfer fee to forgo complications over gaining a work permit.
Complications would affect any approach
Donsah is yet to feature at senior level for Ghana, which means he'd almost certainly be rejected for work permit by the Home Office on any initial application.
Even if Arsenal tried to go through the same appeals process that brought Gabriel Paulista to the Emirates last month they are facing a huge fight to justify an exemption, particularly as Donsah has played just 17 times for Caglari's first-team.
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Arsenal better off looking elsewhere
Arsenal are always in the race to sign the most promising young midfielders in Europe, but it looks improbable that they'd chase Donsah just a month after bringing Kystian Bielik to North London.
Bielik plays in the same position and is just a year younger, so why would Arsenal affect his chances of developing into a first-team regular by signing another starlet with very similar qualities in Donsah?
Spurs have already scouted Donsah on more than one occasion this season and look a far better fit for his long-term future, particularly if Mauricio Pochettino is planning to put his own stamp on the squad this summer with transfer activity.
Arsenal still need a recognised, improving young defensive midfielder to at least fight with new golden boy Francis Coquelin for a starting spot, but Donsah is too raw to do that job next season.
Arsenal fans, do you think Coquelin is the answer to problems in midfield or should Wenger spend big on a world-class player in that position this summer? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below.
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