Per OUT As Arsenal Set To Pair Koscielny With This Powerful Euro2016 Star

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Arsenal and Chelsea are keen on signing Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, according to reports.

Both London clubs are looking to strengthen their defense this summer and are now weighing the possibility of signing the France international.

Umtiti who is currently with the France national team for the Euro 2016 championship is regarded as one of the most talented players in the country and Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo via the Daily Star claims Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in the player.

Wenger is reportedly keen on signing a centre back and a left back this summer and Umtiti is a player who is equally adept to both positions.

The report also claims Chelsea have stepped up their attempts to sign the defender as Roman Abramovic has met with the player’s agent and brother Yannick Umtiti to discuss a summer move to Stamford bridge.

Wenger is still keeping close watch on the defender and is yet to make an official move.

The defender has also been linked with a move to Barcelona and last week he revealed he is flattered by reports linking him to big clubs like the Catalan giants and also claimed he is keeping his options open.

“Barcelona is a club where every player wants to play.

“But I have a contract with Lyon as everyone knows and as we have done this season, the option to go to Barcelona is not present.

“Everyone is possible, both to stay and go. Honestly, for the moment, I am concentrating on the European Championship. I want to do the right thing and then we’ll talk with my club.”

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