£10m ‘prime’ Arsenal target fumes over failed contract

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Arsenal defender target Mamadou Sakho has revealed his frustrations over not signing a new contract at PSG.

The young French international was heavily linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes in January, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger one of those eager to sign the player.

Wenger reportedly sent scouts to monitor the player in France, and the Arsenal boss was impressed when he made a personal trip to watch Sakho in his Les Bleus debut against England at Wembley back in November.

However, the centre back stayed in Paris throughout the window and was expected to sign a new contract with PSG as the Ligue 1 club look to keep their prized asset at the club.

Negotiations stalled however, leaving Sakho frustrated and questioning some of the hierarchy at the French club.

“I was annoyed by the attitude of my leaders in December,” admitted the player.

“We made efforts and we found common ground financially. And then, on the eve of my signing, I was told that everything was postponed. It is a decision that wounded my pride.”


The issues over the contract could have opened the door for Arsenal to bring the player to the Emirates at the next opportunity, but Sakho insisted he was committed to the cause with the club despite this issue.

“I'm not sulking in my corner. I come from nowhere. This gives me even more courage, but that's all. What interests me is my second dream. The first was to be professional at PSG. The second is to hear the beautiful music of the Champions League at the Parc des Princes.”

Arsenal were linked with a number of defenders in the January transfer window amidst a crisis in the position in north London. With Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastian Squilaci injured, the Gunners have been left with limited options in the position.

Per Mertesacker, Chris Samba and Gary Cahill were all linked with the club last month, but Sakho was tipped to be the ‘prime’ defender target for Arsenal. A move never materialised though, despite a valuation in the region of £10 million.

With Wenger failing to secure the services of any defender, it appears likely that the Gunners chief will look to strengthen in the position at the end of the season, and Arsenal could move for Sakho in the future.

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