Football agent Jean Musampa has revealed Arsenal had a 300-page document on his client Ibrahim Sangaré, but they elected to sign Thomas Partey instead.
Sangaré is currently plying his trade for PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie, where he has established himself as a key player since arriving from Toulouse in September last year.
Before then, the Ivorian youngster had been making big strides with the French club, who he joined in 2016 AS Denguélé d’Odienné.
He was regularly linked with a move to the Premier League over the last couple of years, with Brighton, Everton and Tottenham all named among his suitors.
A move to England never came about despite numerous reports of interest, with him instead electing to move to the Netherlands for the next step of development.
It seems, though, there was interest from Arsenal last summer before they elected to spend £45m to sign Partey from Atlético Madrid instead.
“At Toulouse, he was on the radar of a lot of clubs,” Musampa told De Telegraaf.
“They come naturally. I got an invitation from Arsenal. There they had three hundred pages of analysis and data of his game. Thomas Partey, however, was the first choice.
“I thought he would choose the Premier League. But he also liked PSV. He asked, ‘Dad, what should I choose?’
“He wanted to play football and not go to the Premier League at all costs. PSV always plays in the top and plays in the Champions League or Europa League. He can always make the step.”