Elyounoussi suggests West Ham and Arsenal would have to pay £18m

Basel's Norwegian midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi (L) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League football match SL Benfica vs FC Basel at the Luz...

West Ham United, Leicester City, Southampton and Arsenal have been linked with Mohamed Elyounoussi of FC Basel in the summer transfer window.

Manchester City's English defender Kyle Walker (R) vies for the ball with Basel's Norwegian midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi (L)  during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg...

Mohamed Elyounoussi is playing well for FC Basel this season, and there is little surprise that the attacker has been linked with Arsenal, West Ham United, Leicester City and Southampton in the summer transfer window.

According to The Sun, Arsenal are keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, who can operate as a forward or as a winger.

ESPN reported earlier this month that Leicester City and Southampton scouted the Norway international during the Champions League tie between Manchester City and Basel.

The Mirror has claimed that West Ham are tracking the former Molde star, who has now suggested that any club looking to sign him could have to pay as much as £18 million as transfer fee.

Elyounoussi has also suggested that he is open to joining Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

Basel's coach Raphael Wicky (R) and Basel's Norwegian midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi arrive to give a press conference at Luz stadium in Lisbon, on December 4, 2017, on the eve of the...

The Sun quotes Elyounoussi as saying: "A club which is usually in the Premier League top four has followed me for a long time.

"I just learned that they have stepped up their interest even more after what happened in the Champions League. Is it Arsenal? I can't comment, but it is a club that everybody knows with a long history."

"It is cool that such a big club is showing great interest. But of course I know a club like this has many players on its radar," added Elyounoussi.

"Basel won't pick up the phone if they are offered less than £13million for me. They say they will only start discussions if the offers are higher than that.

"There is a difference between the Bundesliga and the Premier League. If an English club comes in for me, Basel can suddenly claim £18m."

Danilo of Manchester City holds off pressure from Mohamed Elyounoussi of FC Basel

Bargain signing

Elyounoussi is only 23 years of age, and given his experience of playing in the Champions League, he could be a very good signing for any club in the Premier League.

The Norway international is still developing and improving as a player, and a fee of £18m could prove to be a bargain in the long run.

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