Agent Names Arsenal As One Of 7 Clubs “Watching” 18 y/o Striker Who Has Just Made His International Debut

Arsenal are “watching” Besiktas striker Semih Kilicsoy, according to his agent.

Speaking to Sporx (quotes via Sport Witness), the 18-year-old’s representative Murat Teber said that the Gunners are one of seven teams keeping an eye on his progress:

“I know that clubs such as Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Arsenal, PSG, Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and Stuttgart are watching Semih. We received information about this. But it has not reached the offer stage. At least, there is no offer that has reached us.”

As Teber mentions, Mikel Arteta’s side and other teams have not firmed up their interest in Kilicsoy yet but he is someone who could go on to do great things in the future.

Kiliscoy has had a breakthrough season at Besiktas

The teenager had already made his first-team debut before the start of last campaign, but he has firmly established himself as a regular starter at the Turkish Super Lig side over the past twelve months.

Kilicsoy made 35 appearances in total for Besiktas, scoring 12 goals. Those figures are even more impressive when you consider that he started only 24 of those games.

His performances got him a call-up to Turkey’s senior squad and he received his first cap earlier this week, coming on as a substitute during a 0-0 draw against Italy.

Arsenal are focused on signing another forward

While Kilicsoy clearly appears to be on the Gunners’ radar, it doesn’t look like they will make a bid for the player this summer. The London club are currently locked in a battle for a different No. 9.

RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko is seemingly the top priority, with respected sources claiming that the Slovenian international has received a proposal from Arsenal, along with Chelsea and Manchester United. The striker will cost £55m if he does decide to make the switch to the Emirates.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.