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How did Jeff Reine-Adelaide go from Arsenal outcast to £23m player in one year?

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How did Jeff Reine-Adelaide go from Arsenal outcast to £23m player in one year?

The 21-year-old was only sold to Angers last summer.

Jeff Reine-Adelaide has joined French outfit Lyon from Angers, as confirmed by the Ligue 1 club’s official website.

They report that the fee involved is 25 million euros (£23 million) and Ouest France report that Arsenal – who only sold the 21-year-old last summer – will get 10 per cent of that fee.

That will boost the Gunners’ budget slightly, but how can a player that Unai Emery let go just last summer have turned into a £23 million player within a year?

 

At a time when Arsenal need to supplement their squad with younger players – and look set to do so this season – it’s hard to escape the feeling that Reine-Adelaide would have been a useful prospect.

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TBR’s View – Was letting Reine-Adelaide go Emery’s biggest transfer blunder?

It’s clear that Reine-Adelaide has made good on his talent in his native France, scoring four times in 36 Ligue 1 games for Angers last season, earning him a place in his country’s Under-21 side for the summer’s European Championship, where they dumped out England en route to the semi-finals.

Unai Emery has a hugely talented crop of young players at his disposal now, but Reine-Adelaide has shown that he can do it in top flight football given the opportunity.

But Emery did not give him that opportunity and such an increase in his value and reputation in one year after leaving means that the 21-year-old may just represent the worst transfer business of his short reign so far.

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