Report: Former Arsenal target Paul Nardi set for second loan spell in France

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Paul Nardi signed for Monaco last season but he has been linked with a second loan spell at Nancy.

Last summer Arsenal were linked by the Mirror with a move for young French goalkeeper Paul Nardi. At just 20 years old he is very highly rated and seen as one of the best young stoppers in Europe, but in the end he decided to sign with AS Monaco.

Nearly 12 months on and Nardi still hasn’t played for the Monegasque side, and it looks like it’ll be a little longer until he makes his debut on the rock.

Nardi joined AS Nancy in 2006 as an unknown 12-year-old, and after signing his deal with Monaco he returned to the Lorraine side on a 12-month loan deal.

According to local paper L’Est Républicain on Tuesday, Nardi is set to extend that deal for another 12 months at the end of the season. President of Nancy, Jacques Rousselot, will apparently approach the Ligue 1 club to see if another deal can be done.

Nardi is the France Under-21 goalkeeper, with four caps for Les Espoirs. This season he has played 27 out of a possible 32 games in Ligue 2 and his reputation grows by the week.

In order to protect his young charge, coach Pablo Correa has benched him on a number of occasions, but the Uruguayan understands just how good a player he could become.

Arsenal did sign a goalkeeper from France last summer, picking up David Ospina from Nice, but in the long-term, Nardi could become one of the best ‘keepers in France and is earmarked to replace Hugo Lloris in the full national team.

Once that happens, you can imagine Arsenal won’t be the only club showing an interest in Paul Nardi.

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