Arsenal Close In On Deal to Sign French Under 21 International Gilbert Imbula

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Wenger to finally get his man.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping to tie up a deal for French under-21 ace Gilbert Imbula of Guingamp this summer, according to the Mirror.

Wenger has been a known fan of the 20-year-old for some time and considered making a move for him in the January transfer window but a move failed to materialise.

A number of fellow big clubs had also been interested with Chelsea and Lyon also taking an interest but Arsenal are the only ones thought to be willing to match Guingamp’s £8 million valuation of the player.

The defensive midfielder would certainly fill a gap that desperately needs plugging in the Arsenal squad and he is apparently sweet on a move to the Premier League and whilst Wenger has the cash to spend on big name signings, he is also keen to bring in a number of future prospects to the club too.

Imbula was born in Belgium to Congolese parents but moved to France at a young age and even has a French passport. He is eligible to play for any of the three country’s but has already turned out for France’s under-21 side.

He first broke into the Guingamp side in 2009 and has gone on to make over 90 appearances for them, scoring four goals.

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