Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal made a serious approach for former Manchester City midfielder Seko Fofana in the final days of the summer transfer window, according to journalist Miguel Delaney in his Reading the Game newsletter in The Independent (12:05pm, September 2, 2022).
The well-known journalist has reported that Arsenal were determined to sign Fofana from RC Lens, but the French club convinced him to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Delaney has added that Arsenal were then limited to Douglas Luiz and Youri Tielemans.
Brazil international midfielder Luiz stayed at Aston Villa, while Belgium international Tielemans is still at Leicester.
Interestingly, Arsenal had shown interest in Fofana in July as well, according to L’Equipe.
Fofana is a former Manchester City player.
The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international midfielder was on the books of City from 2013 until 2016.
Fofana failed to make a massive impact at City and joined Udinese in the summer of 2016 for an initial transfer fee of £2.3 million (The Manchester Evening News).
The midfielder has scored two goals and given two assists in four Ligue 1 appearances so far this season.
The 27-year-old scored eight goals and provided one assist in 38 league matches last season.
ARSENAL WERE SERIOUS ABOUT SEKO FOFANA
Delaney wrote about Fofana in Reading the Game newsletter in The Independent (12:05pm, September 2, 2022): “Douglas Luiz and Youri Tielemans were not the only midfielders Arsenal went for late on.
“They also made a serious approach for Seko Fofana. Lens however managed to convince him it was better for his development to stay at the club, with the announcement of a new deal proving quite emotional.
“It left Arsenal limited to Douglas Luiz, which Aston Villa knew, ensuring they drove a very hard bargain.
“Connected sources were pessimistic about a deal from very early in the day. It does mean a January move for Danilo from Palmeiras is all the more likely.”