Slavia Prague will demand £50 million in January for Abdallah Sima, with the Czech champions feeling that the Arsenal and West Ham United linked striker could be the new Thierry Henry, as reported by Calciomercato.
In a 6-0 thrashing of SFC Opava in November, the 19-year-old speed-machine produced a moment of magic Henry would have been proud of.
Driving at the defence and skipping through a series of tackles, Sima then cut inside onto his favoured right boot and curled an inch-perfect shot into the bottom corner.
It was the sort of striking solo goal Henry made his trademark in red and white and, according to reports, Arsenal are keen to see the Slavia Prague star follow in the legendary Frenchman’s footsteps with a move to North London.
But, after scoring 13 times in 18 games during a stunning breakthrough season at the Czech champions, Sima will cost a lot more than Arsenal paid to sign a fresh-faced Henry from Juventus all those years ago.
“It takes £50 million to let him go in January,” Slavia president Jaroslav Tvrdik claimed.
West Ham have snapped up two of Slavia’s star men in 2020, landing right-back Vladimir Coufal a few months after bringing Tomas Soucek to the English capital.
Speaking with Sport this week, Soucek himself claimed that West Ham were keeping a close eye on Sima too, as they consider returning to a familiar hunting ground.
But it seems unlikely that the Hammers will pay a club-record fee for a teenager, ‘new Henry’ or not.