Monreal Leaving? Arsenal In Talks To Sign €11million Serie A Left-Back


Arsenal are lining up an €11million bid to bring Napoli left-back, Faouzi Ghoulam, to the Emirates this summer. 

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The 24-year-old has rarely been linked with a move to the Gunners, but following his impressive campaign in Serie A the highly rated defender has come to light as a possible replacement for Nacho Monreal, who is attracting interest from Spain.

According to reports in Eurosport over in France, Napoli are willing to let their full-back leave this summer if they can agree a reasonable transfer fee.

Ghoulam made 33 appearances last season, with 11 of those coming in the Champions League where he was first spotted by Europe’s top clubs.

That number of impressive performances also helped Ghoulam to reach the Europa League ‘team of the year’, and immediately alerted Arsenal scouts to the potential of the defender.

And now Wenger faces a fight with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United to gain the services of Ghoulam, who is available for a modest €11million this summer.

Manchester United were first signalled to the Napoli defender when Patrice Evra left, however Louis van Gaal was not interested in sealing a deal and instead opted to sign Luke Shaw.

The Algerian international plays as a left back but can also play in left midfield.

Arsenal currently have both Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs to fill the left hand side of the full-back position, but recent reports have stated Monreal could be shown the exit door.

The Spaniard has just one year left on his current contract, and Athletico Bilbao have been heavily linked with a bid following a successful season in the Premier League.

It is still unclear as to what plans the Arsenal boss has for Monreal, but with the chance of having three left-backs in the squad somebody will have to get the axe.

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