Report: Arsenal to challenge Manchester United for Alassane Plea
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal and Manchester United are keen on signing ‘Gladbach striker, Alassane Plea, in a summer deal.
Plea, 28, has attracted attention from English clubs previously but no move has ever come to fruition. But the Mail claims he could be available for a bargin £15m this summer, prompting Arsenal and United’s interest.
The Frenchman has scored 11 times this season, including five in the Champions League for Gladbach. He’s considered one of the more versatile forwards in the Bundesliga and can play both flanks as well as the number nine and ten roles.
That versatilty could well appeal to both Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Arsenal, in particular, have worries over the futures of Lacazette and Aubameyang, and may see Plea as a cheaper alternative.
Per Transfermarkt, Plea has 36 goals in 104 games in Germany. That’s around the one in three mark, which is usually a good barometer of hos good a striker is in front of goal.
TBR View: Plea would add good depth for Arsenal but isn’t world-class by any means
While at £15m, Plea would represent a bargain buy, there’s certainly better out there for Arsenal. Especially if they’re looking to replace the goals of Lacazette and Aubameyang properly.
Plea has a lot of attributes but at 28, should be in his prime now. Just the 11 goals this term is hardly mind-blowing, but his versatility is something which will appeal.
Arsenal do need new players this summer. But whether Plea is the right one, is a bit of an open debate.