Transfer Bin: Arsenal line up £6m swoop for French international winger

Marseille Velodrome

Arsenal have been linked with a cut-price deal for Marseille winger Dimitri Payet, with the French club under pressure to sell their star players.

Arsenal's title bid fell apart in the second half of the season as Arsene Wenger's side struggled to keep pace with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Their inability to score goals in the big games was a huge problem for Wenger's men, and fans are calling for more firepower to be added to the Gunners' squad this summer.

One of the players linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in the coming months is Marseille winger Dimitri Payet. The France international only moved to the Stade Velodrome last summer in a €10m deal from Ligue 1 rivals Lille, having impressed under Rudi Garcia.

The 27-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal but nothing has ever materialised, but with Arsenal actively seeking attacking reinforcements, Payet is once again suggested as a target for the Gunners.

Marseille are in some financial trouble right now, and will have to sell one or multiple of their star players, with the likes of Steve Mandanda, Nicolas N'Koulou, Andre Ayew and Mathieu Valbuena all strongly linked with summer exits as Marcelo Bielsa's men need the money.

The knockdown £6m price tag on Payet's head may be a bargain for other interested clubs such as Newcastle United and West Ham United, but the links with Arsenal land this story in our transfer bin.

Arsenal are in need of pace and star power up front, as the Gunners have often struggled to break sides down through their lack of speed in behind defences - which is something Payet can't offer them.

Wenger is regularly linked with swoops for French players given his history of signing his compatriots, but Payet wouldn't add anything to the Arsenal side - even if £6m is a knockdown price.

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