Bargain - Arsenal should reignite interest in natural Sagna successor valued at £4.7m

Should Arsenal rekindle their interest in French under-21 captain Sebastien Corchia of Sochaux?

 There was a time this summer when Bacary Sagna looked destined to leave the Emirates. With his contract expiring at the end of the season and his public criticism of watching big names leaving the Emirates last year - it seemed to be a foregone conclusion.

The French international even admitted himself that a move to Paris Saint-Germain or AS Monaco could attract him this summer.

Recently he has made it clear that he has no desire to leave this summer - but with contract talks still stalling between the parties involved Arsenal should be eyeing up replacements.

And, contrary to popular belief, a player they were heavily linked with earlier in the summer is still avail

Corchia is tipped to become the future right-back for Les Bleus, taking the mantle from Bacary Sagna - who says he couldn’t also become the successor to Sagna at The Emirates.

able for transfer.

At the tail end of June it was reported by most major sources that a deal for Sebastien Corchia to join Lyon from Sochaux was all but a foregone conclusion.

The French Under-21 captain was one of the standout performers for Sochaux in 2012-13 - helping the club survive relegation, in what at one point seemed an impossible endeavour.

So there was no wonder why so many teams from across Europe became interested in the player - with interest coming from England and Germany in particular.

However while a deal with Lyon was reportedly a ‘done-deal’ it could not have been as done as we all thought.

Because Corchia is still a Sochaux player, after Lyon reportedly refused to meet the asking price for the player.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas refuted claims from Corchia that the collapse of the deal was down to his influence in July stating:

“Actually, Sochaux requested €5.5 million [£4.7m] from us while we offered €2.75m [£2.36m], plus another two with €500,000 [£430,000] in bonus, but they stayed firm on the price …. over.”

So this superbly talented 22-year-old is currently seeking a move - and will only cost £4.7 million.

It is a no brainer, Arsenal should snap him up this summer.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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