Arsene Wenger wants to bring Bordeaux centre back to the Emirates Stadium.
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Michael Ciani ‘being tracked by Arsenal scouts for January transfer’
Bordeaux defender Michael Ciani is being touted for a move to Arsenal later this month after scouts with links to the Premier League club were reportedly spotted at last weekend’s game against Marseille.
Ciani – a French international centre back – was first tipped to join the Gunners last summer after impressing with Les Girondins and making his international debut against Spain in March.
However, a move never came to fruition as Arsene Wenger opted to sign veteran stopper Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla.
The French tactician is now reportedly ready to test Bordeaux’s resolve to keep their 26-year-old star though, after French sources reported a scouting team from Arsenal present in the stands at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome as the home side sealed a hard-fought 2-1 win in Ligue 1. (Metro)
Arsene Wenger continues his mission to find a good centre back to help boost his options at the back and the Emirates boss is now keen on Bordeaux’s highly rated defender Michael Ciani, a player the French boss has been linked with a move for, for some time.
The 26 year old has been a very consistent performer at the Stade Chaban Delmas and that good form helped earn the bulky defender his first senior French cap, some six years after he represented the Under 21 side. Ciani has been something of a journeyman player who is now at his peak and Wenger clearly sees the dominant presence from the Paris suburbs as the right player to fill the hole he has in his squad.
Injury concerns at the North London club over the likes of Sebastien Squillaci and Thomas Vermaelen have left the Gunners very thread bare at the back and a move for £8m rated Ciani who may well be ready to leave Bordeaux given the club’s poor season, which has left the Ligue 1 title winners of two seasons ago sitting in mid table.
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