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Arsenal's delay tactics in signing teenage star M'Baye Niang from Caen could cost them dearly after the club and the player appear set to finalise his move to Milan instead, reported the Daily Mirror. The young Frenchman was close to signing for the Gunners, having even undergone a trial in London but that appears to be a thing of the past after the youngster flew out to Italy to discuss terms with AC Milan.
The 17 year-old has been with the Ligue 2 outfit since 2007 and made his senior debut for the club in 2011. The striker has made 30 appearances for the club netting 5 goals.
The starlet was also said to be keen on joining the North London side this summer, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger known to be a fan of young French footballers. Wenger was understood to have sealed the deal but Arsenal have faltered in paying up the agreed Â£5million fee, looking at a structured deal rather than a cash deal, enabling Caen to look around for other avenues for the sale.
Although Tottenham and Man City were also reportedly tracking Niang, Milan are now assumed to be the front-runners for his signature, taking over the mantle from Arsenal. Wenger is unlikely to let this opportunity pass and the club could be forced to take drastic measures to avoid losing out on the young talent.
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