ARSENAL target Adil Aouchiche has undergone a medical at Saint-Etienne, according to reports.
The Gunners are trying to reshape their squad in boss Mikel Arteta’s image this summer, albeit on a tight budget.
And with Aouchiche, 17, having not tied his future to Paris Saint-Germain by penning a professional contract, he had appeared to fit the bill.
But Arsenal’s chances of signing the highly-rated teenager have been dealt a potentially fatal blow today, with Goal reporting that he has undergone a medical at PSG’s Ligue 1 rivals Saint-Etienne.
Despite his tender years, Aouchiche has been exposed to first-team football this year, with PSG thinking very highly of their academy product.
A technically gifted attacking midfielder, he was handed his senior debut by boss Thomas Tuchel back in August, when the French champions travelled to Metz.
He played 65 minutes, as PSG triumphed 2-0 without star players Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Aouchiche has gone on to feature twice more for Tuchel’s first-team, both in the Coupe de France, and he even scored his first goal against Linas-Montlhery in round one.
He has appeared on the bench on four further occasions, but sees his future away from Paris as he chases more regular football.
Saint-Etienne would appear the perfect place for the teen to get these opportunities… as the Gunners well know.
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William Saliba has blossomed as a teenager at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, having returned on loan from Arsenal.
And he has regularly been partnered by fellow teen Wesley Fofana by boss Claude Puel.
Fofana is another youngster believed to be on the Gunners’ radar.