Arsenal face competition from United and Real for next big French star

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Real Madrid have joined Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for Rennes playmaker Yacine Brahimi, according to reports in Spain.

Reports emerging today claim Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the French youth international and has put him at the top of his hit list.

However, Brahimi is known to be an admirer of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger has a track-record of bringing young Frenchmen through the Emirates Stadium ranks.

The 20-year-old, who is of Algerian descent like Samir Nasri, is a graduate of the Clairefontaine Academy which has produced talented players like Thierry Henry, William Gallas and Abou Diaby who have gone on to have illustrious careers.

However, Wenger has now admitted he is not looking to bring in more midfielders so he can give youngsters like Jack Wilshere more game time.

Wenger told “I believe that I always wanted to develop the players I have.

“For example we have Diaby, we have [Alex] Song, we have Denilson in this position, we have bought Aaron Ramsey in this position, and now Jack Wilshere develops in this position.

“The problem when you develop a young team, for example we have Jack who was born in 1992 is that if I don't make room for him he will go somewhere.”

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson could also provide some competition as he tries to lure Brahimi to Old Trafford, although Man Utd have never been linked with the player in the past..

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