Liverpool join Arsenal in race for France starlet

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Liverpool have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race for French defender Mamadou Sakho.

According to Italian website Tutto Mercato, Liverpool are tracking the 20-year-old Paris Saint-Germain ace with a view to making a January bid for the France international.

However, it has emerged over recent weeks that Arsenal are keen on Sakho, who has been earning rave reviews for his performances in Ligue 1 this season.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool are thought to be in the market for defensive reinforcements, however, Arsenal would appear to be the favourites for Sakho's signature after he revealed he would favour a move to a club in the Champions League.

He told French newspaper L’Equipe: "The Europa League is good but my absolute dream is the Champions League. I have personal goals and I’m thinking.

"My agents have received requests from foreign clubs which they must analyse with PSG. I do not know if I’ll stay, I must feel we can make progress next season."

Arsenal have a nigh on impeccable track record of developing young talent - in particular young French talent - and Sakho would no doubt add to the vast reserves of quality already at Wenger's disposal at the Emirates.

The Arsenal model of investing in youngsters is something that Liverpool owners NESV are hoping to emulate and Anfield - and a deal for Sakho would certainly represent a good start to their ongoing quest.

"Arsenal and Man U have depth that is young and capable. We do not. We have a lot of work to do there. A lot of work. And we will, but we have to be smart about it. We are here for the long term," commented Liverpool supremo John Henry recently.

"Everything we do is for the long term. Our biggest responsibility is to bring in the right people to the club on and off the field.”

Whether Sakho ends up at the Liverpool or Arsenal remains to be seen, but it is sure to be a fascinating battle between two of the Premier League's leading lights.

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