It was reported by The Telegraph on Wednesday that Arsenal have joined the race to sign Brentford star Said Benrahma.
Benrahma is enjoying another outstanding season in the Championship. The Algerian has scored eight goals and provided five assists for the promotion-chasers.
It is no surprise that the attacker is attracting attention. And it appears that Mikel Arteta is not the only Premier League boss monitoring his situation.
The Richmond and Twickenham Times has suggested that the Bees would want around £30 million for their £1.5 million signing.
Given his form since his report – he has scored six times and provided three assists – that valuation may well increase. And his admirers may face an incredibly difficult task to land him should Thomas Frank’s men get promoted.
But should he become available in the summer, perhaps Arsenal may have an ace up their sleeve that could give them an advantage over their rivals for his signature.
It was suggested by the Daily Mail during the January transfer window that Brentford had had a £5 million plus add-ons bid rejected for Folarin Balogun.
It should be noted that the Gunners reportedly told the Bees that Balogun was going nowhere.
But if Arteta makes it clear that he wants Benrahma as a priority, using Balogun could surely help Arsenal win the race.
It would be a gamble given the promise Balogun has shown. He has scored seven goals this term at under-23 level. So he is clearly one player to look out for in the future.
But if Arsenal feel that Benrahma is worth the risk, perhaps they should not shut the door on the idea of using Brentford’s previous Balogun interest to boost their chances of signing the playmaker.