Big mistake? Arsenal could have signed Tottenham's new addition for just £1m

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou at Marseille

Arsenal were aware of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou's talent but did not push through a deal. Now he is set for Tottenham Hotspur.

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou at MarseilleGeorges-Kevin Nkoudou at Marseille

Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, with The Guardian reporting he is set to undergo a medical, before becoming their third signing of the summer.

The deal for the winger is to cost Spurs around £11 million, a potential bargain for a 21-year-old who netted 10 goals last season with Marseille.

Yet it could have worked out very differently for Nkoudou, and for Tottenham, and it could prove to be a deal which Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger kicks himself over.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The Mirror reported in 2013 that Arsenal had been closely monitoring Nkoudou, while he was still at Nantes. 

They had an option to sign him for £1 million, but decided not to take the chance on the 17-year-old.

Nkoudou eventually left for the same price two years later, signing with Marseille, and was outstanding last season as he settled into a spot in the team vacated by Dimitri Payet, outscoring him - even if he was not nearly as prolific in terms of assists.

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Arsenal used to be prolific at buying unheralded players from France and turning them into superstars, and Arsene Wenger's knack has not quite been the same in recent years.

However he did take a chance on a trio of young players from the country last year, bringing in midfielder Ismael Bennacer from Arles-Avignon, and Jeff-Reine Adelaide and Yassin Fortune from Lens.

If any of them turn into superstars then Wenger will be left smiling. For now he might need to hope Nkoudou does not work out at Tottenham and that he is ultimately proven right not to make a move, otherwise it could go down in his litany of near misses.

Arsenal's Jeff Reine Adelaide in action in the FA Youth CupArsenal's Jeff Reine Adelaide in action in the FA Youth Cup

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