Mikayil Faye: Arsenal Set to Hijack Senegalese Teen's Move to Porto From Barcelona

Mikayil Faye: Arsenal Set to Hijack Senegalese Teen's Move to Porto From Barcelona

Lukman Mumuni
June 28, 2024 at 2:40 PM
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  • Senegalese youngster Mikayil Faye has emerged as a transfer target for English giants Arsenal in the summer transfer window
  • The versatile defender has been attracting interest from several top clubs with Porto meeting Barcelona for his services
  • Faye, who joined Barcelona from NK Kustošija, was one of the best players in the Spanish reserve league last season

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English Premier League giants Arsenal are set to make a move for Senegalese teen sensation Mikayil Faye in the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old Barcelona defender is also on the radar of Portuguese outfit FC Porto following an outstanding campaign with the B team of the Spanish side.

Faye, who scored on his Senegal debut, has caught the attention of several clubs across Europe but Porto have reportedly made the first approach for the youngster.

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Mikayil Faye warms up before Barcelona's La Liga game against Las Palmas. Photo: David Ramos.
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However, the Gunners are set to hijack the move as Mikel Arteta looks for options in defence following the over-dependence on William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhães.

Arsenal makes inquiries on Faye

According to HITC, Arsenal have asked about the availability of the defender after his move to Porto stalled over the failure of Barcelona and the Portuguese outfit to reach an agreement.

Faye, who can also play as a left-back gained the attention of Arteta with his superlative performances in the reserves league. He scored four goals in 35 matches leading Barcelona Athletic to the play-offs, where they lost to Cordoba, per Transfermarkt.

He was in and out of former Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandes' team for La Liga games but could not make his senior debut.

While the Catalans could let him leave for the right fee, new manager Hansi Flick is interested in working with the player.

Man United eye Senegal defender Faye

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Manchester United are monitoring Senegal defender Mikalyil Faye after making his international debut for the Teranga Lions against Gabon in March 2024.

The 19-year-old Barcelona B centre-back impressed in his first game for the former African champions, scoring a belter as Senegal defeated Gabon.

Faye is also having an outstanding season with the reserves of Barcelona, prompting attention from several clubs.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.