Arsenal And Spurs Ready To Do Battle For Lyon Defensive Rock
According to FootMercato.net (in French), Arsenal, Spurs, Southampton and Everton are all interested in Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti. The 21-year-old is very highly rated in France, regarded as one of their top young players.
Arsenal, who will be looking to add yet more competition to their defensive ranks, will almost definitely have the higher pull-factor with French manager Arsene Wenger at the helm. His reputation for developing young players is something that Umtiti will no doubt take into consideration. However, the amount of centre-backs Arsenal already have (4 including Chambers) might prove too big a challenge in terms of breaking through. Spurs and Southampton, however, have less high-quality competition in defence and therefore may seem more appealing to Umtiti.
Umtiti would cost from £8-10million and in today's inflated market, probably end up a real bargain for whoever wins the race for his services. Lyon's production line of talent is world renowned and Umtiti could be the next to fly the nest in an attempt to take his career to the next level. Arsenal and Spurs in particular will be readying their offers for summer.