Leeds keep tabs on former Arsenal stalwart as Monk targets experience - report
By Will Butcher
Leeds are keeping close tabs on Mathieu Flamini as Garry Monk targets more experience in his squad, according to a report.
The 32-year-old midfield enforcer is currently without a club after Arsenal decided not to offer the Frenchman a new contract following the end of his last deal in June.
Italian publication Supers Commesse claim that Leeds’ owner Massimo Cellino is in the market for an experienced operator and Flamini’s availability has come to his attention.
The former Marseille man signed for The Gunners in 2004, before joining AC Milan four years later. After five years in Italy, the French international rejoined Arsene Wenger’s side in 2013 for a second spell.
In total, Flamini spent seven years at Arsenal and made 242 first-team appearances.
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The former Swansea manager has five central midfielders at his disposal, but Alex Mowatt, Kalvin Phillips and new signing Matt Grimes are all under the age of 22.
Leeds manager Garry Monk is keen to add experience to his midfield, and has also been linked with a move for Everton stalwart Leon Osman who, like Flamini, is a free agent.
Flamini owns a company that produces a chemical that could save the planet and it has entered a market worth £20billion.
The company, called GF Biochemicals, is based in Italy and Cellino will be hoping to use his homeland connections to bring the veteran to Elland Road.
Monk is in the process of rebuilding his Yorkshire-based side and has already made six additions at Elland Road.
Monk has also brought in Marcus Antonsson, Robert Green, Kyle Bartley, Hadi Sacko and Kemar Roofe.
In other Leeds transfer news, this Belgian winger is edging closer to a dream move to Elland Road.