Arsenal and Manchester City are both interested in securing a deal for Cagliari starlet Godfred Donsah and have sent representatives to watch him play, according to the club’s president, Thomas Giulini.
The 18-year-old moved to the Serie A outfit for £2 million in 2012 from Palermo and has featured in 15 domestic games in Italy’s top flight this season. His exposure has allowed suitors to get a good look at him first-hand, and, following rumours, Giulini has confirmed scouts from two of England’s top clubs have been keeping tabs.
"Manchester City are interested, but Arsenal scouts were at the game against Inter to watch him," the president said.
"Arsenal scouts were at the game against Inter to watch him"
The quotes, as relayed in the Daily Express, appear to confirm an interest in the young Ghanaian and, as a direct result, it’s expected that both clubs could make moves to sign him come the summer transfer window. That appears to be a potential outcome Cagliari are ready for, with Giulini also moving to stress his opinion that Donsah should stay if he can help it.
"My intention is to keep him for at least one more year.
"Cagliari need to remain in Serie A so we can continue to help these young players grow."
That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t mean that the powerful midfielder is going to reject a move to one of Europe’s biggest and most financially attractive sides if offers are forthcoming.
With Cagliari currently floundering at the bottom of Serie A - they sit in 18th place - there’s more than one reason why Donsah might opt to leave the club at the end of the current campaign, and Giulini’s advice is possibly packaged within a parcel of optimism.
Man City or Arsenal?
Of the two outfits Arsenal are naturally the safer option when it comes to his development. The Gunners have a well-oiled system in place used to get the best out of prodigal talents, whilst their Mancunian rivals have developed something of a reputation for being a graveyard for young individuals looking to find their way in the game.
Though boasting state of the art facilities in Manchester, City seem to prefer to buy what they perceive to be the finished article rather than promote from their own academy, and such a mantra has seen a host of rising stars stifled.
As a result Donsah would be wise to choose Arsene Wenger’s set-up over what is sure to be a more lucrative financial package coming from Manuel Pellegrini if both clubs submit offers. The Frenchman has proven in the past that he has the necessary patience to give players time to find their feet and flourish, and Donsah will surely need that to adapt to the English game at such a young age.
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