Lyon midfielder Rayan Cherki has turned down an approach from Arsenal, despite the Gunners offering huge wages to the youngster.
Defensa Central, a Real Madrid fansite, report that Arsenal made a move for the highly-rated young midfielder four days ago and tried to convince him to break a pre-agreement with Real Madrid.
The 16-year-old is reportedly set to head to the Bernabeu in the near future after Zinedine Zidane moved to stop Manchester United signing him when he was 15.
A deal is already in place, but Arsenal attempted to change his mind with an offer that would have seen him earn more than he would at the Bernabeu.
According to DC’s sources, Arsenal ensured the youngster ‘guaranteed’ minutes under Mikel Arteta and a pay packet of around €1m per season.
That would have been a considerable sum for the 16-year-old and €200,000 more per season than what he’ll get at the Bernabeu.
However, he turned down Arsenal’s approach that same afternoon, making it clear that he only wants to play in Madrid, who are the ‘dream of his life.’
He’s set to move to the club when he turns 18, and it seems even an offer of big money in England wasn’t enough for him to miss that opportunity.