Football website 90Min have claimed that Arsenal are interested in securing a complicated double deal for brothers Hamed Junior Traore, and younger brother Amad – who are currently on the books of two different Serie A sides.
A deal for 17-year-old winger Amad is pretty straightforward. The Atalanta star has broken into the Champions League side’s senior team this season, playing three senior matches and has even scored against Udinese in a 7-1 win.
But the complicity of the deal comes in the form of trying to sign Amad’s older brother, Hamed. The 20-year-old playmaker is currently on loan at Sassuolo from second-tier side Empoli, with an obligation to buy.
That loan is a two-year deal, expiring in the summer of 2021. Though still on the books, he is basically a Sassuolo player and if Arsenal are to buy the midfielder – they will have to sign him from Sassuolo.
Not only that, but Juventus have first refusal for Traore – which will bump up the price. But The Gunners are confident an offer of £20million will land the four-time Ivory Coast Under-23 international.
TBR’s view – Both Traore brothers have enormous pedigree
Hamed has already proved his talent in Italy’s top tier. In 65 league and cup appearances for both Empoli and Sassuolo, Traore has managed to score six goals from midfield and create three more.
Meanwhile, Amad is a proper talent and at 17 years old, to break into a Champions League quarter-finalists side and score a senior goal, is more than enough evidence to have big European clubs become interested. Arsenal would do well to land both.