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Arsenal & Man City In Fight to Sign Solid French Defensive Rock

by The Newshound

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Emirates and Etihad Stadium sides line up moves for Parc des Princes youngster.

Manchester City are monitoring developments with Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sakho.

The 22-year-old, who has been pushed out by the arrival of Thiago Silva and his partnership with Alex, is keen to gain more game time.

In August, Sakho was told he was able to leave the club but dug in and has gone on to make 10 starts this season.

The France international’s agents began offering him around Europe and received interest from England, Italian giants AC Milan and French outfit Lille.

Arsenal have long admired Sakho but need to off-load fringe defenders Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou before they can make a move.

City may consider an offer should they offload Joleon Lescott next month.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Mamadou Sakho is seemingly very much seeing the downside of a side that has undergone a very expensive transition from Ligue 1 also-rans to genuine title chasers.

The arrival of a number of high-profile players has certainly had the affect of holding back the young defender’s progress and though the 22 year old was given a decent run at the beginning of the campaign it seems that Carlo Ancelotti is now turning to an all Brazilian centre-back pairing of Alex and Thiago Silva.

The French international may therefore be ready to quit the club has has represented since the age of six. Clearly a move to Arsenal has been discussed at length but Arsene Wenger now has three quality centre-backs in Per Mertesacker, Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny to call upon and as this source suggests any move to further beef up their back-line would involve Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci being offloaded.

Man City brought in Serbian Matija Nastasi? and the youngster has forced out Joleon Lescott from the first team but perhaps Roberto Mancini is looking for further options at the back and the fact that Sakho can play at left-back as well as in the centre of the defence will clearly make him an even more attractive target.

The local born defender has racked up 158 appearances for the Parc des Princes side as well as ten national team caps.

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