Dike in Everton, the French teenager back to Arsenal or Leicester
A young Major League Soccer and USMNT center-forward is using a loan to catapult his transfer value, and a Premier League side could join their league hosts to pursue Daryl Dike.
Everton are interested in Daryl Dike, who has scored a lot in a short time with Barnsley.
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Meanwhile, Arsenal and Leicester City look to France for a young center-back, something both clubs have done in recent years.
Is there fire under this smoke? There is only one way to find out…. and that is to wait to see if the transfer occurs. But, also, you can just read on and make an informed decision.
Dike in Everton
My, what a difference a loan makes.
Barnsley forward Daryl Dike, 20, has five goals in 11 league games on loan from Orlando City, and the Tykes have lost just one of those games, winning nine.
Dike built on an impressive rookie season in Major League Soccer which saw him score eight times with three assists in 22 games, winning his first calls for the United States Men’s National Team.
Dike will be 21 in early June, four days after returning from Oakwell, Florida.
Barnsley is said to have an option to buy the striker for around $ 27 million, with the same price being applied to him as an Everton target.
Eurosport says Dike could become a Toffee and a replacement for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was turned into a scoring machine by Carlo Ancelotti. Surely USMNT fans would love Dike’s idea to have such an education.
But Barnsley looms over proceedings and might consider the investment worth it if he reaches Premier League status through the playoffs. The Tykes are currently fifth in the standings with eight games remaining in the league season.
Doukouré at Arsenal, Leicester City
Arsenal and Leicester City are reportedly targeting Valenciennes center-back Ismael Doukoure.
Doukoure, still 17 until this summer, has 15 senior appearances for the Ligue 2 squad, and is a big man with a great range of assists, winning comparisons with future Bayern Munich man Dayot Upamecano.
He is far from ready for the English or French elite and could see a loan to a Ligue 1 side if he moves to a Premier League club.
Arsenal have a lot of history with France-based prospects both center-backs and otherwise. Whether they are recent like Gabriel Magalhaes, William Saliba, or Matteo Guendouzi or longer ago like Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna, the Gunners have benefited from the fruits of Leagues 1 and 2.
And besides, Leicester City and Brendan Rodgers also have a story there, adding Wesley Fofana this summer after finding Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante from France.