Arsenal Step Up Chase For Marseille Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda

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Arsenal are said to be keeping tabs on France international goalkeeper Steve Manadanda as his club Marseille look to cut costs, according to Football Direct News.

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Mandanda has been the club’s first choice goalkeeper for seven years, ever since joining them from Le Havre in 2007, and has gone on to make over 250 appearances for the south coast giants.

The highly-rated shot stopper has also collected 16 caps for Les Blues during that time, and though he still has two years remaining on his contract with L’OM, reports have suggested that they are preparing themselves for a dramatic overhaul of personnel this summer, which could see Manandanda ushered through the exit door.

French press have claimed that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is eyeing up a move for the skipper at the end of the season as a potential replacement for current first choice Wojciech Szczesny. Wenger is already set to lose Lukasz Fabianski, and wants to bring someone in to challenge Szczesny’ place in the side, despite him recently claiming that he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career.

Mandanda was part of the Marseille squad that won the Ligue 1 title in 2010 and was voted as the league’s goalkeeper of the year in 2008 and 2011.

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