Arsenal linked with €15m gamble on Serie A starlet

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Arsenal are reportedly set to splash out €15m on Roma striker Umar Sadiq this summer, which would certainly be a huge risk for the club.

According to La Repubblica, as noted by Football Italia, the Gunners have been linked with making a big-money offer for the youngster, after seeing an initial €13m bid rejected.

Having scored five goals in nine UEFA Youth League games this season, as well as scoring twice in six Serie A appearances, Sadiq has certainly proved that he is capable making a significant impact.

However, still only 19, the money being offered by Arsenal would be a risk considering that he has yet to fully convince at a high level on a consistent basis.

From Roma’s perspective, it would be five times what they paid to sign him from Spezia, and so the Giallorossi would certainly be interested in agreeing terms.

Nevertheless, despite the fact that Arsenal have long been criticised for not having enough options up front, signing an untested teenager would arguably do little to silence their detractors.

With supporters expecting a big move given that the likes of Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain have previously been linked with a move to the Emirates, Sadiq is unlikely to be the player that many had imagined.

In turn, it could lead to further pressure being applied to Arsene Wenger, who will be desperate to land the Premier League title this season as he comes under fire from media and supporters alike for their recent poor form.

With the Gunners currently trailing leaders Leicester City by eight points, it remains to be seen whether or not the north London giants are able to overturn the deficit. Provided they do so, it could allow for the budget in the summer to warrant looking at more high-profile targets.

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