3 reasons why Johan Bakayoko would be perfect for Arsenal

• Would provide important cover

• Represents excellent value for money

• Great ability, even better potential

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2. A reasonable fee

Johan Bakayoko
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Whether you like it or not, £43m is a snippet of a fee, especially in a world where £100m+ transfers seem to happen without a second thought.

Given the quality that Bakayoko possesses, and would bring to an already strong Arsenal side, there is little doubt that, in a year or two from now, the potential transfer fee that he would command would look to be a bargain.

Arsenal are said to be looking to strengthen in several positions this summer, which makes the need to be stringent in their spending to maximise their recruitment, while also ensuring that they do not fall foul of financial fair play (FFP) or profit and sustainability rules (PSR).

By comparison, another player that the Gunners have been linked with who can play in this position is Wolverhampton Wanderers' Pedro Neto - but the Portuguese star would command a fee in the region of £60m (€71m).

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3. Immense quality... and potential

Johan Bakayoko
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While his usefulness in the squad and excellent value are obviously major talking points, we should not look past the fact that, to be frank, Bakayoko is a very, very good footballer.

He is an explosive option who, in games, provides near-constant threat for opposition defenders to deal with and, while some will ignore it given the league he played in, his output last season was superb, while also impressing in the Champions League.

When you also consider that he is still just 21 years old, the thought of just how much he could develop in the years to come is a scary prospect, not for us, but for opposition defenders and managers alike.

We often hear the term 'market opportunity' coined, when a deal becomes available that is simply too good to pass on. A potential deal to sign Bakayoko embodies the very meaning of this term and is something that Arteta, Edu Gaspar and co simply must seek to complete.