In surely one of the briefest articles in the history of sports journalism, The Sun have decided that Man City ‘plan tu lure’ M’Baye Niang away from French club Caen.
The 17 year old prodigy has been fast-tracked to the top of French football, having already amassed 30 games for Caen’s senior team and made several appearances for the France under 21s.
Caen are resigned to losing their pacey striker following their relegation from Ligue 1 – although their coach is unhappy at the players’ willingness to travel to London for a trial with Arsenal.
The Gunners are one of a series of clubs willing to take a punt on the wonderkid. They threw their hat into the ring earlier this week witha £5 million bid that was instantly rejected, whilst Spurs, Man City and Newcastle wait in the wings.
Why Would He Sign For City?
What makes The Sun think he would join Man City over Arsenal? For starters, he may not get much choice. Arsenal’s £5 million offer is a pretty high one for a player yet to prove himself on the highest stage, and one that Arsenal may not wish to improve on. The most financially stable club in the league, Arsenal’s owners are shrewd businessmen who may not see any benefit in spending big on a 17 year old; is Arsenal capture Cazorla, their summer spending will already stand at £40 million.
If given a straight choice, joining Arsenal’s ranks is surely a preferable option. The likelihood of playing time in Manchester is minimal – just ask Adam Johnson, James Milner, Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jerome Boateng, Shay Given, Nedum Onuoha, Daniel Sturridge, Kasper Schmeichel, Benjani, Valeri Bojinov…
Conversely, Arsenal are more than happy to throw youngsters to the fore. This is a very significant point for Niang, who having played 23 times last campaign, will not want to see his development stunted whilst warming the City bench (or worse).
Sadly, money talks. Who knows what Niang’s attitude is – we mustn’t assume that he will be as materialistic as most of his contemporaries – but the wages City can offer will blow their rivals out of the water.
Niang certainly has the potential to be a star. Unfortunately, a move to City could just stall his progress.
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