Yacine Adli came up through the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain’s academy and made his way into the first team at the end of the previous campaign, when he came off the bench against Caen in the final league match.
Unai Emery was in charge at Parc des Princes when Adli made his first team debut and the former has now been replaced by Thomas Tuchel at the club. The Spaniard moved to Arsenal, where he has a mammoth task building a new post-Wenger era.
L’Equipe claims the Gunners head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat had ‘courted’ the Ligue 1 player and the 18-year-old was ‘close’ to signing for the north London club in the summer.
Mislintat is tasked with finding talent for Arsenal it’s no surprise he landed up PSG’s young players, with other clubs doing similar in recent years.
Adli snubbed an approach from Arsenal and signed a first professional contract with his current employer, and the L’Equipe report talks about the financial details of the new deal.
At PSG, he earns €60,000 per month and received a signing-on bonus of €1m after committing his future to the French champions.
L’Equipe detail the struggles PSG have faced to keep their young stars at the club, not always winning.
This time Sven didn’t get his man, but he did help scare PSG into offering a bumper contract.