Arsenal & Manchester United linked with £5m French midfielder

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Arsenal and Manchester United are being linked with a move for Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella.

The Sun claims both Premier League clubs are tracking the player’s progress in Ligue 1, with the £5 million-rated former French U21 international close to winning his first full cap for Les Bleus.

However, Montpellier club president Louis Nicollin seems unwilling to let the player leave such a fee, searching a ‘fortune’ from any interested party.

“It will take a fortune for us to consider letting him leave,” Nicollin is quoted as saying in The Sun.

Manchester United aren’t short of options in midfield, with veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs challenging the likes of Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick and Anderson for first team opportunities at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils also have a French connection already at the club, with 46-cap French international Patrice Evra a regular in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

The French connection at Arsenal is understandably much stronger, with manager Arsene Wenger regularly raiding his homeland for players.

Olivier Giroud made the same move from Montpellier in the summer, whilst Marouane Chamakh has swapped Ligue 1 for the Emirates Stadium in the past.

Were Cabella to join Arsenal, he’d compete alongside the likes of Jack WIlshere and Santi Cazorla for a place in the Gunners line-up.

Competition is likely to be fierce for the 22-year-old former Arles-Avignon loanee however, with Manchester United unlikely to allow a target to move to north London without a fight.

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