Emirates boss makes move for long term target.
Arsene Wenger has made an offer for Paris Saint-Germain centre back Mamadou Sakho as he looks to improve his defensive options for next term. France Football Magazine states that Arsenal have made an offer of €15m (£13.1m) for the 21 year old French international who has been a long term Gunners target.
Sakho is considered one of the hot prospects of French football and has been in the spotlight at PSG ever since he became the youngest ever captain in Ligue 1 history aged 17 and has been a regular part of the French senior international set up under Laurent Blanc.
Having seen new signings Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci struggle to get to grips with Premier League football Wenger has been on the look out for further defensive options, not least because long term injury to first choice starter Thomas Vermaelen has left the North London club having to chop and change in search of the best pairing. Luckily for the Gunners young Johann Djourou has really delivered on his potential this term.
The highly respected French publication include quotes in their piece from former PSG president Charles Villeneuve, who claims that Arsene Wenger first approached the 21 year-old France international in 2008, and claim Arsenal scouts Steve Rowley and Gilles Grimandi were in attendance at Parc des Princes over the weekend watching the Paris born starlet.
Sakho is now in his fourth season at the Parc des Princes and though boss Antoine Kombouaré has helped take PSG back towards the higher echelons of Ligue 1, it appears that this summer may see the highly rated powerfully built defender leave Les Rouge-et-Bleu.