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Toulouse coach Patrice Garande has admitted to Les Violets that £8 million-rated midfielder Ibrahim Sangare is desperate to leave the club, with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal interested.

Although three weeks remain until the transfer window closes, all signs suggest this Ivory Coast international has played his last game for a club relegated from Ligue 1 last season.

As reported last week, Sangare has little interest in featuring in Toulouse colours again before the October transfer deadline.

He fears an injury could scupper his chance of a life-changing move across the Channel.

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You can understand where the 22-year-old is coming from given London giants Spurs and Arsenal would represent a sizeable step up from a club sitting 17th in the French second tier (Les Violets).

“It’s an open secret to know some players are leaving, that they have a desire (to go). I have nothing against them,” Garande said when asked about Sangare, who will be left out again when Toulouse travel to Clermont Foot tomorrow. 

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“I had a discussion with those concerned and decided that until 5 October they will only do training. I will not take them on weekends for matches. I need to have boys who are 100 per cent committed (to) the club. It’s clear. 

“Afterwards, if they are still there at the end of the transfer window, they will apply again for a place in the team.”

FootMercato reports £8 million could be enough to tempt Toulouse into a sale.

That would make Sangare about £35 million cheaper than Arsenal’s first-choice defensive midfield target – Atletico Madrid powerhouse Thomas Partey.

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Arsenal’s record transfer deals

  1. Nicolas Pepe

    £72 million

  2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    £56 million

  3. Alexandre Lacazette

    £52 million

  4. Thomas Partey

    45 million

  5. Mesut Ozil

    £42 million

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