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Arsenal Eyeing Youssouf Fofana as Declan Rice Alternative

Reports suggest that Arsenal is considering a move for Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana as an alternative to their primary target, Declan Rice.

Despite having two bids rejected by West Ham in the ongoing transfer window, Arsenal is preparing a third bid worth a club-record £100 million.

In case the Rice deal falls through, the Gunners are exploring other options to strengthen their midfield, with Fofana emerging as a promising candidate.

Arsenal’s Pursuit of Youssouf Fofana

According to French outlet L’Equipe (via GFFN), Arsenal has expressed interest in signing Youssouf Fofana this summer. Fofana has caught their attention as a potential addition to their squad.

However, competition is expected for the 24-year-old midfielder, with Newcastle also entering the race to secure his signature.

West Ham’s Involvement and Fofana’s Availability

West Ham is actively scouting for a replacement for Declan Rice, who seems destined to leave the club, whether it be for Arsenal or Manchester City.

Fofana has been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea in the past as well. Although no official bid has been presented to Monaco, the report suggests that Fofana could be allowed to leave if a reasonable offer arrives from any of the interested clubs.

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Youssouf Fofana’s Profile and Performance

Known for his defensive midfield capabilities, Fofana represented France in the World Cup, making six appearances, including two starts. He played a crucial role in the semi-final victory over Morocco after recovering from an illness that affected the French camp.

Last season, Fofana made 36 appearances for Monaco in Ligue 1, contributing with two goals, and two assists, and leading the club in average interceptions and clearances per game (via WhoScored).

As Arsenal aims to bolster their midfield, Youssouf Fofana has emerged as a potential target. While they continue to pursue Declan Rice, Arsenal is actively exploring alternatives, and Fofana’s profile aligns with their requirements.

It remains to be seen whether a deal can be struck and if Fofana will join the Gunners for the upcoming season.

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