Adli Set To Sign New PSG Deal
Arsenal fear they may have missed out on Paris Saint-Germain teenager Yacine Adli. The 17-year-old has been linked for the past two weeks with a move to north London after turning down the offer of a new deal with PSG.
It was reported at the end of May that Adli was close to signing a three-year contract with Arsenal with the club also having the option of an additional two years. The Gunners would have paid a fee of €255,000 (around £225,000).
The move would have reunited Adli with new Arsenal boss Unai Emery who was formerly with Paris Saint-Germain. Emery gave Adli his first-team debut when he brought on the youngster as a substitute for the last seven minutes of PSG’s final game of the season – the goalless draw away to Caen last month.
Adli was said to be unconvinced by the PSG project and in particular the prospects of him gaining any meaningful game time in the first team. But reports from France claim the French champions have returned with an improved offer that would give certain guarantees about a role in the side.
The PSG fan Twitter account Paris United claims Adli was in London on Sunday at his agent’s house for talks. He returned to Paris on Monday. But PSG sporting director Antero Henrique has convinced him to stay although a contract has yet to be formalised. A three-year deal is being envisaged.
Crucially, Adli won’t be loaned out. He will remain with the PSG first-team squad next season when he could gain further opportunities under new coach Thomas Tuchel.
N’Zonzi Has ‘Big Club’ Dream
Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi has hinted that he would one day like to play at what he calls “a big club”.
The France international is still being linked with interest from Arsenal. But speaking at a press conference with his country’s World Cup squad in Russia he insisted he is happy with Sevilla while not entirely ruling out a move.
“The most important thing is not the club you play in. I’ve played the Champions League for three years in Sevilla and I feel good there,” he said. “But it’s true that a transfer to a big club can be viewed as a progression.”
He added: “We all know that the transfer window is open but we do not talk about it much.”