Bakayoko to Arsenal: Gunners make approach for PSV star

Johan Bakayoko to Arsenal is a move that we could see come the summer transfer window.

According to Dutch news outlet HBvL, the Gunners are one of three clubs who have made an official approach for the PSV star.

Premier League rivals Liverpool and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are the other clubs in what could end up being a three-way tussle for his signature. Bakayoko is in the Belgium squad for Euro 2024 and will be a player to watch as the tournament progresses in Germany.

Saka needs competition at right-wing for Arsenal – Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images – Photo by Icon Sport

Bakayoko to Arsenal: Ideal Saka competition?

Arsenal will surely be looking for a new right-winger in the transfer market, in order to provide some healthy competition and cover for Bukayo Saka.

The Englishman played in a total of 47 games over all competitions this season, and only actually missed five matches.

In Gareth Southgate's Three Lions squad for the Euros too, Saka risks burning out and picking up a longer-term injury than the little niggly ones he suffered in this campaign.

Thus, it is imperative that Arsenal sign a player on the right-hand side of the pitch who can take Saka's place when the 22-year-old is in need of a rest.

Bakayoko could be perfect for that kind of role, as at just 21 years of age, he is a player who possesses raw talent that can be nurtured under Mikel Arteta. Indeed, the Belgian scored an impressive 14 goals and made a further 14 assists in 48 appearances in total across all competitions for PSV this term, helping them on their way to winning the Eredivisie title.

Of course, Bakayoko is also a player that Arsenal know very well, having played PSV twice in the UEFA Champions League group stage with him at the forefront of a lot of their attacks.

The Gunners seemingly like the Eredivisie market, having been recently linked with a move for Feyenoord left-back Quilindschy Hartman among other players in the division, and so a potential Bakayoko switch to the Emirates Stadium could well be one to keep an eye on for fans in North London.

Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.