A player Arsenal sold back in 2019 – Yunus Musah – was mentioned by Gareth Southgate today ahead of England taking on the United States at the World Cup.
The 52-year-old was asked what he admires about Gregg Berhalter ahead of the Group B clash at 7 pm tomorrow evening, and his answer was very interesting.
WHAT’S THE STORY?
Well, Southgate bemoaned the fact Berhalter managed to lure Musah away from England.
The 19-year-old, who left Arsenal for Valencia in 2019, represented England at Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18 levels before switching his allegiance to the country of his birth.
Musah – born in New York – has since won 20 caps for the United States, and Southgate admitted he is still unhappy about losing the teenager to Berhalter.
When asked to highlight the American tactician’s strengths, the England boss said: “Talent identification. He obviously took one of ours (Yunus Musah) which we weren’t very happy about. Fair play.”
The talented midfielder has become a sensation in Spain since moving from north London to Valencia.
According to ESPN, Musah was given a new six-year contract in 2020 with an astonishing €100m (£86m) release clause, showing just how highly rated he is by Valencia.
The United States international has also become a transfer target for Barcelona, as confirmed by his agent, Giacomo Guidolin.
ARSENAL COULD DO WITH YUNUS MUSAH
In our view, if Valencia is willing to cash in on Musah in the near future, Arsenal should definitely bid.
Mikel Arteta is fantastic at working with young players, as seen in the rise of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, so if the Spaniard managed to get his hands on the American, we believe the pair would thrive together.
Furthermore, Arsenal could do with another midfielder, as Albert Sambi Lokonga struggles to impose himself, and Mohamed Elneny differs in quality from Granit Xhaka and Thomas Party, despite his excellent professionalism.
If Valencia decides to sell Musah, the Gunners simply must get involved.