Report: Arsenal tempted to sign international defender Faouzi Ghoulam - price set at £10.7 million

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Arsenal have been linked with signing Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam.

Arsenal are considering making an attempt to sign Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam, according to French Eurosport.

Ghoulam is an Algerian international who plays at left-back, and made 39 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A side last season.

The 24-year-old is also being tracked by former boss Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid, French Eurosport claim, but the Spanish side are unable to do anything until they resolve the future of Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao.

Napoli are keen to hold onto the defender, who only signed from St Etienne the previous summer for a price of £4.4 million.

French Eurosport claim it would take a bid of €15 million - £10.7 million - to persuade Napoli to consider selling.

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb reported earlier this month Arsenal's Premier League competitors Manchester City are also eyeing up Ghoulam.

Arsenal's defensive options

The Gunners are under no pressure with regard to the left-back position, and any transfer they decided to make would be purely out of desire to upgrade rather than fill an urgent need.

Kieran Gibbs' place in the squad is assured long term as an England international and academy breakthrough star, but his injury history has shown the club need a quality alternative.

The decision would centre around Arsene Wenger's plans for Nacho Monreal, who impressed down the stretch last season for the Gunners.

It would be a surprise if the Frenchman chose now to move him on, even though he has just two years remaining on his contract. Ghoulam, 24, is the better long-term option than 29-year-old Monreal, but making a move now to sign him would be a bold statement from the Gunners boss.

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