Arsenal are currently lagging behind in the race to sign AS Roma Nigerian teen Sadiq Umar with Borussia Dortmund currently ahead of the gunners in the race for the €16m rated teen as exclusively reported by owngoalnigeria.com two weeks ago.
According to reports in the Italian media the Gunners are willing to pay in three different installments as opposed to the Germans who are willing to part with AS Roma asking price in two different installment which has swung the race in their favour.
According to La Spezia’s edition of II Secolo XIX, Arsenal have made a €15m bid, but they wanted to pay it in three parts. The article claims the auction is on and the price is expected to be raised until the summer’s transfer window.
Sadiq is actually on loan at Roma from Spezia until June. The club will reportedly use their buying option to sign the 19-year-old permanently for €2.5m at the end of the season, and then make a big profit.
The Italian press have been treating the case as if Roma are certainly signing the player and already preparing to sell him.
Sadiq has two goals in 94 minutes of Serie A football this season and is considered to be a great prospect of Nigerian football. His links with Arsenal have been reported for a while now, but it would appear their request for three payments hasn’t gone down well.