Reinforcements coming to the Emirates.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is lining up a £12 million bid to bring Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Mamadou Sakho to the Emirates.
The Frenchman is currently without the services of first-choice centre-backs Sebastien Squillaci and Thomas Vermaelen through injury, with the Belgium international expected to be missing with an Achilles injury for at least six more weeks.
And that has forced the Arsenal manager to bring in defensive cover during January, although his original choice of signing Bolton Wanderers’ England international Gary Cahill has hit the wall over the Trotters’ demands for a fee of £25m for the player.
Wenger then turned his attentions to Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba, only for Blackburn to insist that the player was not for sale at any price, hence Arsenal’s inquiries about Sakho.
The France international, 20, is highly rated in Ligue 1 and has played a keep role in PSG’s push for the title this season.
This story also appeared in this morning’s Metro newspaper, and it would be an excellent signing for Arsenal if true.
The club clearly need defensive reinforcement, with Thomas Vermaelen out of action for the foreseeable future and Sebastien Squillaci has not proven quite the experienced head that was required.
Laurent Koscielny has impressed more than Squillaci, and his worst games in an Arsenal shirt have come when partnered by Squillaci – not least when the pair collided against Fulham to let Diomansy Kamara steal in to score.
On the whole he has shown enough promise to delay judgement, while Johan Djourou has been one of the better surprises for Gooners this season with some assured performances.
Sakho captained multiple France youth teams, and has since been called up to the senior squad.
His aerial ability and physical stature would place him in good stead against the more powerful strikers of the Premier League.
However, with Arsene Wenger stating in his last press conference that no transfer move was imminent – and that a loan move for a centre back would be the ideal solution – it is difficult to say how accurate these reports are unless much has changed in recent days.
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