Mainz reject big-money Premier League bid for Jean-Philippe Gbamin
Mainz have rejected a big-money bid for Ivory Coast international Jean-Philippe Gbamin from an unnamed Premier League suitor, according to the club's sporting director.
Speaking to Bild, Rouven Schroeder confirmed that the Bundesliga side had received a significant offer from a Premier League club but have no intention of letting the 22-year-old leave.
"The good thing is we already received an extraordinary offer, but we turned it down," Schroeder began. "Jean-Philippe will stay."
Schroeder added that the offer received was more than the 28 million Euros that the club received from Borussia Dortmund for Abdou Diallo earlier this window.
French source RMC reported back in June that Arsenal were keen on the Ivorian, who has impressed new Gunners boss Unai Emery.
"Jean-Philippe is not on the market," Schroeder added. "We too have some ambitions, and he's a big part of our plans for the new season."
Gbamin joined Mainz from Racing Club de Lens in 2016, signing a five-year contract, and started 29 Bundesliga matches last term.
He made his Ivory Coast debut in June 2017, having previously represented France up to U-21 level.