Arsenal eye summer swoop for 26-year-old Ligue 1 ace - report
By Matt Bullin
Arsenal are interested in signing Lille right-back Sebastien Corchia this summer, according to a report.
Goal reports that the 26-year-old wants European football next season, and may look for a move abroad, with Arsene Wenger interested.
Corchia’s current contract ties him to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy until the summer of next year, and Goal claim he is ready to leave prior to his contract running out.
The one-time France international has been one of the top right-backs in Ligue 1 for several seasons, and is one of Lille’s most consistent performers.
The former France Under-21s captain has made 39 appearances in all competitions for Les Dogues this term, scoring two goals and providing four assists.
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Wenger seems to be keen to reinforce his full-back areas as the Sun claimed that he was also interested in signing Valencia left-back Jose Gaya.
Football Insider verdict
This move could be a smart one for Wenger. Corchia is an experienced defender, having played more than 300 games in the French top-flight, but he is also only 26, so he still has a few good seasons left in him. Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy are rumoured to be off in the summer, leaving Hector Bellerin as Arsenal’s only right-back. So it is important that Wenger signs quality here, not only to provide squad depth, but to push Bellerin for the starting spot. Lille may even be willing to agree a cut-price deal to ensure they get something for their man, who is entering the final year of his contract.
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