Report: Pochettino may face fight with Wenger as Arsenal and Spurs both want Eibar's Florian Lejeune

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino shake hands before the game

Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly keen on Eibar's Florian Lejeune.

LejeuneEibar's Florian Lejeune

According to The Mirror, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both interested in signing Eibar defender Florian Lejeune – formerly of Manchester City.

Lejeune, 25, has endured a nomadic career to date, as having turned out for the likes of Agde, Istres, Villarreal, Villarreal B, Brest and Girona, he was snapped up by Manchester City in 2015.

The French centre back was immediately loaned back to Girona last season, and last summer, he was sold on to Eibar without ever playing a game for City in a bizarre sequence of events.

Now settled down in Spain, Lejeune has been impressing in La Liga this season, and his appearances appear to have attracted interest ahead of the summer transfer window, with a Premier League opportunity potentially on the horizon again.

The Mirror report that Arsenal and Tottenham are both interested in signing Lejeune, whose displays could spark a transfer fight between the two North London rivals.

Arsenal splashed the cash on Shkodran Mustafi last season but their defence is still creaky, and with question marks over the long-term futures of both Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker, Lejeune could emerge as an option.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino shake hands before the gameArsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino shake hands

Meanwhile, Tottenham have seen Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen suffer injury problems this term, and whilst Mauricio Pochettino has been able to use Kevin Wimmer or holding midfielder Eric Dier there, adding another defender with more experience than Cameron Carter-Vickers may be on Pochettino's wish list.

Lejeune, a big and powerful centre back, could fit the bill, and his price tag will be very appealing. It's claimed that his release clause stands at just £8.7million, meaning either club could comfortably afford him – and Pochettino and Wenger could battle over his signature this summer.

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