Forget Khedira and Carvalho, French paper says Wenger wants Marseille teenager

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Marseille midfielder Stephane Sparagna.

French newspaper La Marseillaise claim Arsenal have made an offer to sign Stephane Sparagna this winter.

The 19-year-old defender will see his Marseille contract expire in December, with Arsenal seemingly moving on a deal to draft him as a defensive reinforcement at the start of the winter transfer window.

“His contract ends in December. For several weeks the club has been talking with his representatives to get him to sign a new professional deal,” reports LM.

“The player was approached by Rennes, but also Arsenal. The Gunners made him a better offer but Stephane’s priority is to toughen up in Marseille not his immediate financial future.”

One of the areas of Arsene Wenger’s squad that he didn’t address during the summer transfer window was bringing in a replacement for former captain Thomas Vermaelen when he left for Barcelona.

Sparagna often plays as a holding player, which means he can also provide cover to Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta in front of the back four if that’s where Arsene Wenger would prefer to use him.

However, where the deal falls short is where LM suggests that he wants to stay in Marseille and fight for his place while toughening up physically.

He has had a brief career so far, where his progress has been halted by constant injuries, which have meant he’s been in and out of the Marseille side.

One start and two appearances off the bench are not what he would have been hoping for from the season so far and unless that changes, Arsenal could have another go at signing him heading towards December.

Their job will be made far easier if he’s a free agent although he doesn’t represent the big name signing that the defensive part of Arsenal’s squad has been calling out for.

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