Arsene Wenger is reportedly monitoring Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, and it seems as though the French youngster would be keen on a switch to the Emirates, as reported by the Express.
The 21-year-old claims it is a dream of his to play in the Premier League, and Wenger could be the man to make those dreams come true.
“I’m very ambitious, I have quite a few goals, but I’ve still got many things to learn with Lyon,” he said.
“Going abroad is a dream, there are very great clubs that you dream about. England? Everyone admires that league.”
Umtiti knows North London well, and Tottenham fans will certainly remember him.
He scored this cracking goal against them a couple of seasons ago, and we would love him to do it again in an Arsenal shirt.
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The report claims Chelsea are also interested, and have been chasing him since last summer. Wenger will need to be decisive and move quickly if he wants to sign him, something he isn’t really known for.
Umtiti’s versatility is likely to appeal to Wenger, as the youngster can play at both centre-back and left back. We have excellent options in both positions at the moment, but the likes of Kieran Gibbs and Calum Chambers could certainly be improved upon.
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It would be an excellent signing if we were able to lure him away from Lyon, but there are other areas which arguably need our attention in the transfer market more urgently.