Done deal: Arsenal hijack bid fails as player agrees deal with European giants
Arsenal’s attempt to sign Lille defender Djibril Sidibe has failed as the player has decided to sign for fellow French club Monaco instead.
Monaco announced on their official website that the full-back has penned a five-year deal, even though Lille accepted a late bid for Sidibe from Arsenal.
Monaco unveiled the club’s new signing on their official Twitter account:
L’AS Monaco est heureux d’annoncer la signature de Djibril Sidibé ! #WelcomeToMonaco
— AS Monaco ???????? (@AS_Monaco) July 8, 2016
French outlet L’Equipe claim that Arsene Wenger tabled a bid of £12.7 million for the 23-year-old, which was accepted by Lille.
But he rejected a move to Emirates Stadium to remain in France and Wenger will now have to look elsewhere for defensive cover.
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Sidibe can play as either a right-back or left-back and has notched up over 100 appearances in the Ligue 1 as he now begins life in Monaco as they prepare for the forthcoming season.
The north London club have made two signings this summer with the most notable being former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for £35 million.
News of Arsene Wenger’s failed bid for the defender will leave the supporters annoyed as the club prepare for next season.
Arsenal missed out on yet another Premier League trophy last term with goalkeeper Peter Czech being the only notable signing last summer.
In other Arsenal news, championship club Newcastle are set to sign a highly-rated Arsenal defender.