Gunners eyeing deal to bring talented youngster to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has turned his attentions to £8million-rated Guingamp youngster Gilbert Imbula as he looks to bring in new talent in the January transfer window.
Despite confirming that Theo Walcott has signed a new contract, Wenger has yet to make a breakthrough in the transfer market despite being linked with moves for Barcelona’s David Villa, Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Everton’s Marouane Fellaini among others.
And, according to the Daily Mail, the Arsenal manager is set to place an £8million offer to buy unproven defensive midfielder Imbula, who has caught the eye playing in Ligue 2 in France for Guingamp this season.
Wenger believes that the 20-year-old can add steel to his stylish yet flimsy midfielder, particularly after Mikel Arteta was ruled out for three weeks with a leg injury.
Current enforcer Abou Diaby has returned to fitness but Wenger is understood to be spectical that the Frenchman can avoid injury for the remainder of the season.
Belgian-born Imbula, who also qualifies for the DR Congo and France, created history in the Ligue 2 when making his debut for Guingamp in 2009 as he was the youngest ever player in the league’s history at the age of 17.
Premier League rivals Chelsea are set to battle with Arsenal for Imbula’s signature having watched the youngster in action, while Ligue 1 giants Lyon are also understood to be keen on signing him and keeping him in France.
Chelsea vs Arsenal tickets are now on sale for the London derby at Stamford Bridge on January 20th.
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