By Dominic Toner
Arsenal have joined the race to sign Lille defender Djibril Sidibe, according to a report.
The 23-year-old Frenchman is close to joining Monaco after after the two French clubs were on the verge of agreeing a fee.
But French publication L’Equipe report that Arsenal have hijacked his transfer to Monaco and that Arsene Wenger has made it a priority to land the versatile full-back.
It is said that the recent interest from Arsenal has stalled that move, although a transfer to Monaco is still a possibility for the defender.
Sidibe is contracted at Lille until June 2019 and boasts the incredible statistic of the most tackles and interceptions (240) in Ligue 1 last season.
The full-back has been with Lille since 2012 and made just under 100 appearances in the French top-fight, he has also been a part of the national set up at under 20 and under 21 level.
Wenger will be keen to begin his transfer spending soon as Premier League rivals have started to bring in new recruits and the Lille defender could be the first name on his list if negotiations go well.
Sidibe would join a long list of French defenders who have operated under Wenger, including the likes of Bacary Sagna, Pascal Cygan William Gallas.
In other Arsenal news, they have joined Liverpool and Tottenham in the race to sign £17million Eurio 2016 star.