Arsenal's proposed move for Auxerre's Yaya Sanogo could be in jeopardy as the French club attempt to tie the forward down to a new two year deal, reports suggest.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed in a press conference last Friday that the club were in talks with the 20-year-old who has scored nine goals in 11 appearances for the Ligue 2 outfit, with hopes of making him the club's first signing of the summer.
The France U21 international is out of contract this summer, meaning that the Gunners can sign the striker for nothing in the coming months, although a compensation fee is likely to be required. However, it is suggested by Mercato365 that Sanogo will be offered an improved two year contract by Auxerre in a last ditch effort to keep him at the club.
The Arsenal manager confirmed that the club are in "advanced" negotiations with the French striker, but admitted a deal had not been struck as of yet.
Having secured fourth place and Champions League football next season at the expense of north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Wenger has wasted little time in attempting to strengthen his side. While the club have been linked with speculative moves for Barcelona forward David Villa and Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, a move for Sanogo would appear to be more of a Wenger-style move.
The Gunners boss dispatched trusted scout and former player Giles Grimandi to watch over the 20-year-old earlier in the season, with the former Gunner travelling to France to check out the striker in March.
The Arsenal contingent would seemingly be satisfied with what they have seen, but Auxerre's latest efforts to hold onto their player could complicate matters.
Lille are also reportedly interested in making a late move to scupper Arsenal's hopes of securing Sanogo, but keen interest from Wenger suggests that the 20-year-old could be bound for the Emirates.