Off To Arsenal? £30m Rated Centre Defender To Replace Per Mertesacker In Summer

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Reports suggest Arsenal are planning on signing another French sensation and have identified Issa Diop as a possible replacement for Per Mertesacker who retires at the end of the season.

The Gunners boast Frenchmen in Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny while legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira also came from France.

However, North London rivals Tottenham are reportedly keeping tabs on the star defender and are ready to battle again this summer by fighting for the signature of Issa Diop, Toulouse’s 21-year-old centre-back.

Our friends at Football Whispers take a look at the defender also wanted by Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The France Under-21 international has been an Arsenal transfer target since last summer but, according to reports in Spain, they will have some big-name competition to land his signature.

Diop made his debut for Toulouse in 2015 as an 18-year-old, thrust into the first-team with a 16-year-old goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola, behind him.

The 21-year-old has been at the club since he was nine years old, after progressing through the various youth teams, and made his debut in a 2-0 win over Nice.

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