Young French defender Malang Sarr has been earning a lot of praise in his homeland for his impressive performances this season. The 17-year-old defender broke into the Nice first team this season, and he scored a goal in his debut match against Rennes.

Sarr has played every league game so far this season, and has helped take Nice to the top of the standings in Ligue 1.

His impressive performances have prompted the Ligue 1 club to offer him his first professional contract, and French newspaper L’Equipe recently reported he should sign a contract at the beginning of next week.

Sarr is expected to sign a contract for 4-5 years, which will also include a release clause of €50m. Another French daily Le 10 Sport add their own information, as they claim Arsenal are already keeping tabs on the 17-year-old.

It remains to be seen if Arsenal would be keen on signing him in the future, but at the moment, we can’t see the Gunners spending anything close to €50m on Sarr. Release clauses seem to be increasingly reported in France, despite them not being legally enforceable.

Any clause would be based on a gentleman’s agreement, but would surely be largely irrelevant to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, because at this stage they wouldn’t meet it.