Former Everton target would prefer a move to AS Roma this summer

FC Lorient's Bruno Ecuele-Manga is a target for Roma and Marseille this summer, but the defender revealed he wants a new challenge.

FC Lorient defender Bruno Ecuele-Manga has been linked with numerous moves to the Premier League this summer, with Everton, Leicester City and Southampton the clubs that have been linked in the last few months.

Recently the defender has been linked with a move to Olympique de Marseille to address their defensive problems under new coach Marcelo Bielsa, but the defender has come out and declared his interest in trying something new if he was to move.

AS Roma had also been mentioned as a potential suitor after they sold Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich this week, but it is unclear whether the Seria A club are serious contenders.

Speaking to radio station RMC, the Gabon international said there had been a lot of speculation and rumours but nothing concrete had come through.

"For now, I’m still a Lorient player. It’s been four years since I joined Lorient. I want to see something else and to have other challenges. If you ask me to choose between these two clubs, I would pick AS Roma.”

He then finished by saying he would have to wait and see and that he wouldn’t close the door on anyone.

Premier League clubs continue to monitor the 26-year-old, and it looks like a deal could be done for around €6 million this summer.

He is not Marseille’s first-choice as he would prefer to play in the centre of a back three, or in a standard 4-4-2, but he may not possess the pace to play on the left or right of a three-man defence.

However, as Monday’s deadline approaches and Marseille continue to fail in bringing in defensive reinforcements, their interest in Ecuele-Manga will get greater and the price could go up as their desperation increases.

He would be a perfect signing for any Premier League club. He brings power, desire, strength and a non-stop, all-action work-rate. He is fantastic in the air and is up for the increased challenge.

As the player said, he has been at Lorient for four years and it is time for a new challenge for the international defender. He needs that increased competition to take his game to the next level.

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