Fabrizio Romano offers update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Mikayil Faye

By on April 8, 2024

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Fabrizio Romano, on Caught Offside, has played down speculation linking Arsenal with a swoop for Barcelona youngster Mikayil Faye.

According to reports last week, Arsenal are interested in Faye. The Senegalese international has been excelling at Barcelona B. The Gunners, among other top clubs, reportedly view him as a great option to add to their squad. It was reported that Barcelona wanted to pocket £17 million from his sale.

Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has now responded to the reports and says that despite the transfer rumours, he is unaware of any negotiations between Arsenal and Barca for Faye.

He acknowledges top teams want the 19-year-old defender, but Barcelona are yet to decide whether to keep him or sell for ‘big money’. There are reportedly plans for the Barca decision-makers to hold ‘internal talks’ about the defender’s future in May.

Romano told CaughtOffside:

“There have been reports linking Mikayil Faye with Arsenal, but I’m not aware of negotiations or talks with Arsenal at this stage.

“Several clubs are monitoring him, he’s a potential big talent but first of all it’s Barcelona who have to decide what they want to do with Faye; keep him with the first team [or] sell for big money.

“Internal talks will follow in May, no negotiations are taking place with other clubs now.”

However, Arsenal still have a chance of signing Faye. Fabrizio Romano’s claims that there may be no progress on Arsenal’s end to finalise that deal, but given Barcelona’s financial difficulties, which can be remedied with significant sales, they may be tempted to sell.

Faye isn’t going to get near the Barca first team anytime soon so the Catalans could opt to cash-in to bank some much needed funds on the books.

At Arsenal, the youngster would be able to learn from the likes of William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes, and act as support for the duo with the aim of breaking into the first team set-up over the coming years.