Arsenal interested in El Chadaille Bitshiabu
Arsenal have reportedly become the latest club to be linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain youngster El Chadaille Bitshiabu this summer.
According to the French journalist Julian Maynard, the race to sign El Chadaille Bitshiabu heats up this summer. The PSG youngster has become a sought-after prospect in the market, with Arsenal becoming the latest club to be linked with a move for the 16-year-old wonderkid after the end of the season.
The Premier League giants have already offered Bitshiabu the chance to be part of their long-term project under Mikel Arteta, who himself recently signed a contract extension at Emirates. Arsenal, however, could face stiff competition from other European clubs in the race to sign Bitshiabu as he is highly rated on the continent.
Bayern Munich and Premier League rivals Manchester City are among clubs other than Arsenal who have expressed a desire to sign Bitshiabu, while Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg are also involved in the equation.
A centre-back by trade, Bitshiabu is a product of PSG’s academy which has developed countless young players in recent years, including Christopher Nkunku, Moussa Diaby, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Presnel Kimpembe.
Although he is yet to make his professional debut, the 16-year-old defender has shown immense promise and talent with his performances in youth competitions. Bitshiabu was a constant feature of PSG’s squad competing in the UEFA Youth League earlier in the season, while the teenage wonderkid was given his professional debut by Mauricio Pochettino last month in the win over Angers.
Standing 1.96m tall, Bitshiabu raised many eyebrows with his imposing physique. At just 16, the youngster is already one of the tallest players on the pitch. His physique, coupled with his tenacious defensive traits, made him an attractive target for top European clubs, including Arsenal.
Although far from a finished product, the Gunners believe Bitshiabu can be a useful addition to the team’s defence. The Frenchman can provide competition for first-choice centre-backs Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes, and at 16 he could be a smart long-term investment for Arsenal.
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However, the report suggests that Paris Saint-Germain have no intention of parting ways with Bitshiabu. PSG are in the process of rebuilding and could offload several fringe first-team players in an attempt to help the academy stars earn a bigger role in the squad, which could be enough for the youngster to opt for a extended stay in the French capital. . Arsenal will therefore have to consider alternatives.