Arsenal transfer target set for Marseille departure this summer

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Arsenal transfer target Nicholas N'Koulou looks set to leave Marseille at the end of the season, possibly paving the way for a move to the Emirates Stadium.

According to Sky Sports, N'Koulou could be one of several players sold in the summer, as Marseille look to trim costs.

Fellow defender Souleymane Diawara is another who's likely to depart the French club at the end of the current campaign, although the 34-year-old is approaching the end of his career, and would likely leave on the cheap.

But the reports claim N'Koulou, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, could command a hefty transfer fee.

The 22-year-old is highly-rated in France, and already has 36 caps for Cameroon. Arsenal were thought to be extremely interested in bringing him to England in the January transfer window, while Tottenham and Chelsea also heavily scouted the youngster, according to a Sky Sports report.

But he insists he'll only move on if the deal is good for all parties, after admitting he's enjoyed his stay on the south coast of France so far.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "I want to finish the season strongly and then we will talk about my position.

"I love Marseille, they have been great to me. I am happy if everyone is a winner."

N'Koulou started his career with Monaco, before moving to Marseille in 2011. He was named in the 2012 Ligue 1 Team of the Year.

Arsenal are thought to be on the lookout for new defenders, after a disappointing defensive campaign so far.

The Gunners kept a hugely impressive clean sheet against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last night, but the 2-0 victory in the Allianz Arena was not enough to take them through.

The damage had been done in the first-leg, and Bayern progressed to the quarter-finals on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate score.

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