Southampton have added a little bit of class to their defensive unit that at times looked so flimsy last season with the £6.8 million signing of Croatian international centre-back Dejan Lovren.
The powerful but equally as technical central defender has caught the eye of many teams in recent years and finally Lyon have decided to part with the 23-year-old; and Southampton fans are rightly pleased with the move.
But while his signature may be great for The Saints it is not expected to go down well with Arsenal fans.
Why I hear you ask?
Well the reasons are twofold.
Arsenal have found themselves inescapably linked with several talents at the French outfit in recent weeks. First there was Maxime Gonalons; club captain and French international. Then came the turn of Clement Grenier; tipped as the ‘next Samir Nasri’ before finally the long held belief that Yohann Gourcuff could come good under Arsene Wenger reared its head once again as the French international has been linked with a departure from the Stade Gerland once again this month.
Lyon have now lifted a weight financially with the sale of Lovren and with Lisandro Lopez also expected to be on the move imminently they will no longer be pressured into selling any of the midfield stars that Arsenal apparently covet.
But the main problem this causes for The Gunners is in an entirely different department altogether.
Sochaux right-back Sebastian Corchia is the current French under-21 international captain and considered by many to be one of the best up-and-coming players in the country.
This summer he is all set to move on - and with Anthony Reveillere leaving Lyon the club see Corchia as his perfect replacement.
But thus far they have failed to reach Sochaux’s £5 million asking price for the player who seems destined to fill Les Bleus right-back slot in years to come.
That has led to other teams snooping around his availability; with Bundesliga trio Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 all credited with an interest in a player playing not far from the German border in the Western French town of Montbeliard.
Now, with the sale of Lovren, it is believed Lyon will match the asking price and what is believed to be Corchia’s first choice - a move to Lyon - could come to fruition.
Leaving Arsenal stumped in their pursuit of Bacary Sagna’s eventual replacement in the French national team.
Can Arsenal still sign Corchia? Or is he on his way to Lyon now?
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