Arsenal could have had French starlet for £4.7m, but he is set for shock Italian loan

Sebastien Corchia is all set to join Torino on a season long loan deal today.

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 former 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.

Arsenal were also heavily linked with the signature of this talented full-back, and it is a surprise they have not yet made such a bid.

The club must feel the emerging talents of Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin will be enough to one day replace Sagna - when his time is up at The Emirates.

But after being linked with big teams across Europe, he seems set to make a rather shock move.

It is widely reported that Corchia will sign a deal with Italian outfit Torino today.

Corchia himself spoke of the deal last night, stating:

"This is a club that is much stronger and has a good group with a good project. Yes, I want to go there.”

The Serie A side are said to try sign the player on a season long loan deal, with the option to buy him at the end of the campaign.

Corchia might just use Torino as a stepping stone to a bigger Serie A move, but it is still a shock to see one of Europe’s hottest full-back prospects make this move.

image: © Julien Haler

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