French striker: I rejected offers to sign for Arsenal and Everton
By Joe Nelson
AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang has revealed that he rejected offers in the past from Arsenal and Everton.
Speaking to Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport, the 21-year-old has explained how he rejected offers from the Premier League clubs during his time with French club Caen.
Niang was tipped as one of Europe’s next big things while in his teens, with AC Milan managing to win the services of the exciting attacker in the summer of 2012.
He told Gazzetta: “I could have played in the Premier League and I dream of playing there one day. They play the right football for my skills.
“When I moved to Milan, I could have moved to Arsenal or Everton instead. Two or three days before last year’s derby I received the offer of Leicester.”
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Niang, who can be deployed on either wing or as a lone striker was said to have been having trials with numerous Premier League clubs, so it came as a shock when he moved to Italy.
He has 11 goals and eight assists for a struggling AC Milan side in 63 appearances. He has also been capped three times by France’s under-21 side, scoring just the one goal.
The 6’1 attacker’s contract expires in the summer of 2019 and may be the subject of more Premier League interest in the coming transfer windows.
In other Arsenal news, it has been revealed that Jose Mourinho tried to sign these two Gunners.