It is the worst kept secret in the world that Arsene Wenger is hopeful of bringing 21-year old RCD Mallorca forward Emilio Nsue to The Emirates, but with statements of intent come increased interest from rivals.
As such, there are mutterings that Harry Redknapp may be organising an unprecedented ram-raiding of the move, in case another largely anticipated attempt of acquiring Yannick Djalo (who wants to move to White Hart Lane) succumbs to failure.
With Tottenham now in Champions League ascendancy, they will no doubt be looking to bolster the ranks further when the business end of the tournament rolls around in the new year.
Since graduating from the Mallorca academy, Nsue has done the rounds with loans at Castellon and Real Sociedad, before returning to Mallorca ahead of this season. His overall goalscoring record is relatively modest, with a total of 13 goals in 79 professional appearances to date – but he is still young of years, so we’ll let him off.
Mallorca are financially troubled at present, meaning that Arsenal hold all the cards. A presently touted £6.5m price is likely to be the starting bid, as a haggling war between Arsenal and Mallorca looks ever more likely – with only one winner…
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