Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is in talks with Ligue 1 side Bastia regarding a free transfer this summer, despite still having a year left on his contract, Eurosport reports.
Flamini re-signed for us on a free transfer in 2013 having departed in 2008 for AC Milan and was handed a three-year contract by Arsene Wenger.
After an encouraging start, Flamini has become a bit of hindrance over the past few years with fans calling for a replacement in the defensive midfield position.
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We eventually saw him replaced by a familiar face, and Francis Coquelin’s emergence meant that Flamini didn’t start a Premier League game in 2015.
According to the report, Bastia may struggle to match Flamini’s wage demands with their obscure situation in Ligue 1 also a possible stumbling block.
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The French club could be relegated to Ligue 2 due to unpaid debt and are facing competition from Sporting Lisbon for Flamini.
Should he leave this summer, his departure will be welcomed by many given that he left us during a period when we needed him most.
With Wenger also using the excuse of our current options to not strengthen in the defensive midfield area, we may see him replaced by a top quality player.
Morgan Schneiderlin is the favourite, with the Frenchman claiming he’d rather join us than Man United (via Daily Star).