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Arsene Wenger in talks to sign Chelsea and Man City transfer target

Arsenal are in talks to sign Napoli star Faouzi Ghoulam, who is also a target for Chelsea, Manchester City, and Atletico Madrid, reports the Metro.

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The Italian side are looking for around £7-8 million for the 24-year-old according to the paper, which is ought to be well within Arsene Wenger’s price range, so if the 65-year-old truly wants the full-back it is likely that a deal will be fairly simple to work out. With the Gunners already ahead of their rivals they have the inside track on getting Ghoulam’s signature.

However, Arsenal may have some trouble after the player appeared to rule out a move away from Napoli [Daily Express]. Although the lure of Champions League football, which the Italian side cannot offer, may be enough to lure him to the Premier League.

Should the North Londoners manage to sign the left-back, it could put a question mark over the futures of Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal at the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool have been linked to the England international by the Metro this summer, while the Spaniard has been linked with Athletic Bilbao but is keen to stay [Daily Mirror]. With three players in the same position too many even for a team in four competitions, it could push one of them out.

Ghoulam may be an improvement on the pair, after impressing in 38 games for the Serie A outfit last season. He managed four assists in those games and also shone at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, proving to be a menacing presence down the flank for Algeria before Les Fennecs were dumped out at the quarter-final stage.

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