French Ligue Two side Caen have made a statement on their web-site that their much wanted 17 year-old young striker, Mbaye Niang, is going on trial at Arsenal, with their blessing.
Mbaye Niang - much sought after French 17 year-old
The 17-year-old has also been linked with top clubs Tottenham and Newcastle United, and there were reports, mainly in the French press, that Niang had gone to London for his trial without their prior permission.
A statement on Caen’s official website read as follows today:
“Contrary to what has been written on certain French and foreign websites, Mbaye Niang has left to have a trial at Arsenal with the agreement of President Jean-Francois Fortin and Technical Staff headed by Patrice Garande.”
“At this point, Caen has not received any offer from a club, either in France or abroad, for Mbaye Niang.”
The Normandy newspaper Ouest-France reported that the 17-year old would be travelling to London to spend a week on trial at Arsenal, and if the youngster impressed it could lead to a contract being offered to the Caen youngster.
The news is that Newcastle had already begun talks with the youngster, who was born in France of Senegal parents, but it seems Arsenal will now have first shot at signing the young striker.
But you never know these days with Newcastle, who are always on the lookout for top young talent to bring to Tyneside.
That’s even more so this summer since the Magpies let nine of their top youngsters from the Development squad leave at the end of June, and they are looking to replenish their young squad.
We expect a number of top teenagers to be joining Newcastle before September 1st, and hope that Mbaye Niang is one of them. The youngster principally plays as a striker, but can also play on either wing or as an attacking midfilder, and he has sublime skills.
The 6′ tall Niang has already played for the France U16 and U17 sides, and twice for the U21 side, and he’s played 30 times for the Caen first team with 5 goals, and he is certainly a top prospect in France, there’s little doubt about that.