Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are keeping an eye on Alassane Plea as the Borussia Monchengladbach forward made an impressive return to Bundesliga action over the weekend, according to BILD.
A French forward who has been linked with a move to the Premier League for as long as memory will allow could finally be on his way to England this summer. And, while Plea may not be one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the game, with just nine in 29 matches this season, there is a reason why the former Nice star has admirers from all over Britain.
Like his idol, a certain Thierry Henry, the Lille-born forward is equally comfortable creating chances for his teammates as he is putting them away himself.
Blessed with vision, skill, a refreshing team-ethic and the ability to thrive on his own or in a two-man attack, Plea actually has more assists to his name than goals this season.
The once-capped Les Bleus international could potentially replace the exit-linked Alexandre Lacazette at the Emirates, given the stylistic similarities between the two Frenchman.
North London rivals Tottenham, meanwhile, are still scouring the market for a man capable of easing the burden on Harry Kane, and Plea’s all-round skill-set and relentless work-ethic is likely to appeal to Jose Mourinho.
BILD claims that Plea, who cost Gladbach around £10 million, could be sold if an offer in the region of £30 million arrives.
If Plea does swap the Bundesliga for the Premier League this summer, you can guarantee that he will ask for his favoured number 14 – one he wears in tribute to a certain Gunners and France legend.
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