Arsenal keeping tabs with €20m-rated technically gifted midfielder

London club are reportedly interested in Stuttgart starlet Orel Mangala, although it’s said that it could take £26m to prise him away from the German club. U21 Belgium international has emerged as a key player for the club this campaign, making 13 appearances in all tournaments while he’s also now capped nine times for Belgium U21s.

In turn, Orel has perhaps done enough to suggest that he has a bright future ahead of him for club and country, and it looks as though his form has attracted interest from elsewhere. Gunners are considering a swoop for Mangala to bolster Unai Emery’s midfield options, although they could face stiff contest for their transfer target.

The report goes on to note that Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Roma are also keen on the 21-year-old midfielder, and that arguably says a lot about his talent and potential if that string of European teams have also been alerted to result in him being on their respective transfer radars too.

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

That’s a lot of money for a Belgian youngster who has yet to convince and prove himself at a high level fully, and so it could be seen as an expensive gamble. Nevertheless, if his potential convinces the London club, then perhaps they could be willing to make that investment for a long-term solution in midfield.