The meteoric rise of Valencia teenage forward, Yunus Musah has attracted the attention of Arsenal, who are now monitoring his progress at the Mestalla.
Arsenal already knew the player because he is a product of their youth set-up. Musa who joined the Premier League club at the age of ten opted to take his talents to Spain in 2019 after being offered a scholarship at Arsenal. He has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence.
His form has made him a regular starter in the first team. He is the youngest goalscorer in the club’s history after scoring his first goal in early November against Getafe at the age of just 17 years and 338 days. He broke the previous record held by Lee Kang-in.
Musah was born in New York City to Ghanaian parents. He then moved to Italy as an infant, living in Castelfranco Veneto.
He began his career at Giorgione Calcio in 2000 and later moved to London in 2012 to join Arsenal academy, where he left to join Valencia in the summer of 2019.
According to sources in England, Arsenal has monitored Musah ever since he left the club, and scouts continue to watch out for the 17-year-old.
Meanwhile, Musa is also being monitored by Everton, Leeds, and Wolves. It is therefore believed that the teenager would be open to a return to the Premier League at some point in his career.
Although Musah is in no hurry to leave Spain, as he is obviousely enjoying life in Valencia’s first team.
Due to his latest form form, Valencia are currently working on a contract extension for him. He is expected to sign a new deal at some point in the near future. However, Valencia might not be able to turn down a good offer due to its perilous financial situation.
Can Arsenal make a big-money move for Yunus Musah?
Although, the recent links have been speculations as there’s no indication that any club is prepared to come in with big-money offers just yet.
Musah has scored just a goal in nine senior appearances. His value will soar with a new contract, but scouts will continue to evaluate the situation.
The teenager, who recently made his senior debut in a friendly debut for the United States remains eligible for England, Ghana, and Italy until he makes a competitive appearance.
The English FA, Ghana and Italy have both reached out to the player so that he can play competitive fixture for them. It is understood that Musah is yet to make a final decision.
January transfer window will open in the next few weeks. If Musa is yet to sign a new deal, a big club could present Valencia with an amount they won’t be able to turn down especially if it hits the buyout clause pf the forward.
A new improved deal would see improved salary amounts and an increased buyout clause that will be higher than the $30 million that was currently on his deal.
Arsenal might want to copy Manchester City on how they got Ferran Torres by quickly signing the player and assure him of development in the first team before penning a new deal.
However, that might not be possible if he signs a new deal on November 29th when he will turn 18.