Arsenal eye Abdallah Sima – dubbed new Thierry Henry – but told Slavia Prague star, 19, will cost £50m transfer fee
ARSENAL have reportedly set their sights on the new Thierry Henry – but face a £50million bill for his signature!
Mikel Arteta's spies are keeping tabs on Slavia Prague forward Abdallah Sima, according to Calciomercato, who has scored nine goals in 12 appearances in all competitions from out wide this season.
But Arsenal face competition from Juventus and other leading European teams for the 19-year-old, which has his current club dreaming of a lucrative sale.
Slavia Prague president Jaroslav Tvrdik said: “It takes £50million to let him go in January.”
Sima, who plays on the wing or through the middle, is under contract with the Czech outfit until the summer of 2023, which partly explains his hefty price tag.
But it's his performances on the pitch that have earned comparisons to Arsenal legend Henry, with six goals in six league appearances to fire Slavia Prague to the top of the domestic table.
The Senegalese sensation also netted three times in the Europa League group stage to set up a last-32 tie with Leicester.
Arsenal are not the only Premier League club linked with an interest in Sima.
HITC report that West Ham are monitoring developments, having already snatched Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal from Slavia Prague.
Soucek, who was the club's record sale when he joined the Hammers on a £19m permanent deal last summer, has spoken highly of Sima.
He said: "I have to say that the guys or the media around West Ham know about him.
"I'd just like another player from Slavia to come, but it's still a long way off.
"He's still a young player and he has to prove it. But a lot of people know about him. and notices him. Just good for him."
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