With Danny Welbeck out of action for the foreseeable future, it was only natural that Arsenal would take a look at some left-wingers for the future, and there’s been a few murmurs that Genk’s Leandro Trossard was on their list.
Their trip to Belgium a few weeks ago only helped emphasise that, and now we’ve got the player’s agent confirming that the Gunners are following his client.
After seeing the story originate in the Guardian, Sporza in Belgium decided to contact Josy Comhair for some clarification, who revealed all.
He said: “I contacted representatives from Arsenal and Tottenham. At Spurs, nobody wanted to confirm that Trossard is an option, but Arsenal did. They told me Leandro has a very interesting profile for them and that they’ve been following him since August.
“They also added it was a good choice to stay at Genk for another year. They ended the phone call with ‘They are keeping a close eye on him’.”
Also contacting Monaco, who were claimed to be preparing an €18m for the young forward, Comhair explained the principality club didn’t want to comment on the matter despite having scouted him ‘several times’.
Regarding Trossard’s future, rejecting moves last summer and extending his contract with Genk appears to have been the right move, and the agent believes it will help him.
He said: “We did it first and foremost because his development is not yet complete, also because he is a Genkie from head to toe, but mainly, there’s a feeling the current team can win something. Leandro wants to leave through the front door.
“Of course money plays a role, we don’t have to worry about that. Leandro understands what he’s missing out on now will come his way multiplied later. He wants to get better every day and Genk is the ideal breeding ground for this.”
It’s worth noting that a January transfer appears quite difficult to pull off, as the player’s manager recently revealed €25m wouldn’t be enough to convince Genk to sell.
€100m? Now you’re talking.