Arsenal interested in signing of Belgium U21 midfielder

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Arsenal are reportedly interested in Stuttgart midfielder Orel Mangala, although it’s told that it could take £26m to prise him away from the German outfit.

The 21-year-old has emerged as a critical figure for the club this season, making 13 matches in all competitions while he’s also now capped nine times for Belgium U21s.

In turn, he has possibly done enough to suggest that he has a shining future ahead of him for club and country, and it looks as though his condition has attracted interest from elsewhere.

As claimed that it’s recommended that Arsenal are considering a swoop for the skilled youngster to strengthen Unai Emery’s midfield choices, although they could face stiff competition for their transfer target.

The report goes on to note that Roma, Marseille, Lille and Lyon are also keen on Mangala, and that arguably states a lot about his ability and potential if that string of European clubs have also been alerted to result in him being on their particular transfer radars too.

Should he move on though, it’s going to push the likes of the Gunners to dig deep into their pockets as it’s noted by the Express that £26m could be needed to prise him away from Stuttgart, and given his age and inexperience, it remains to be seen if that’s enough to put off the interested parties touted above.

That’s a lot of money for a young prospect who has yet to fully convince and establish himself at a high level, and so it could be viewed as an expensive gamble. Nevertheless, if Arsenal are convinced by his potential, then maybe they could be willing to make that investment for a long-term solution in midfield.

Emery has lots of options in midfield currently, but with Dani Ceballos set to see his loan agreement end in the summer, coupled with the lack of playing time for the likes of Mesut Ozil and doubts over Granit Xhaka since he lost the captaincy after his spat with Arsenal supporters, the Spanish tactician may well need reinforcements in that department moving forward.