Talks ongoing: 26-year-old reportedly eyed by Arsenal hands Wenger transfer boost
By Will Butcher
Arsenal have a received a huge transfer boost in their reported pursuit of Lille defender Sebastien Corchia ahead of the summer transfer window.
Goal reported earlier this week that the 26-year-old was high on the shortlist of manager Arsene Wenger.
The French right-back has now told Goal that he is in negotiations with Lille but revealed the Ligue 1 outfit could look to sell him rather than renew his current deal.
He also hinted that a move to the Premier League is one that could suit him.
“I have one year left on my contract, and there are negotiations with Lille, but I don’t know how they will end,” he said. “Maybe the club want to sell me now.
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“I won’t mention any names, but yes, I have heard about interest from English clubs, but to be honest I don’t know what will happen. Nothing is decided yet.
“A lot of French players have done well in England, and coming from the very physical Ligue 1, I think maybe it is not so difficult for French players to adapt to the style of the Premier League.”
Corchia is renowned as one of the best right-backs in Europe that is yet to move to one of the bigger clubs, but that could change in the summer as Arsenal are believed to be keen.
Known for being defensively solid, Corchia has also had a hand in six goals from the right side of defence this season. Scoring two himself against Bastia and Nantes, he has also provided four assists.
He has played more minutes this season than any other outfield player in the French top flight.
Making a total of 40 league and cup appearances, Lille’s number two has proved he is worthy of playing with a bigger club and could leave with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2018.
Football Insider verdict:
Corchia is a must-buy for Arsenal if he’s available. The defender’s form this season has even seen him earn his first France call-up back in November, as he continues to show that he is deserving of playing in a side that operate in the Europa League or the Champions League. A move to north London would see him enter direct competition with Spaniard Bellerin, with little to choose between the two stars. However, the signing of the France star could spell the end of both Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy’s time at the Emirates Stadium, as both struggle to earn a place in Wenger’s starting eleven.
In other Arsenal transfer news, this 28-year-old is expected to leave the Gunners in the summer after a nightmare spell.