Developments as United and Arsenal's 'new Blanc' target negotiates move

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Highly rated French defender Florian Lejeune looks set to complete a move to Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Marseille according to

The 19-year-old star who currently plays in the French second division for FC Istres has been hotly tipped for a bright future, and has even been compared to former Les Bleus World Cup winner and current coach Laurent Blanc.

Lejeune has been closely monitored by Manchester United and Arsenal, with a move to the Barclays Premier League looking very likely earlier in the season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to add another defensive addition and has reportedly targeted the French under-20 international for a summer transfer to the Emirates.


Meanwhile, Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson is also looking for a long-term replacement for the increasingly crocked Rio Ferdinand who has spent a considerable amount of the season out injured.

The emergence of up and coming Red Devil Chris Smalling will have pleased Ferguson having been thrown into first-team action during a defensive injury crisis.

But Sir Alex may still look to add another defensive option to his Old Trafford squad – and the 'new Blanc' looks to fit the bill perfectly.

However, the player's agent, Calude Cauvy has revealed that there has been no official approach from either Manchester United or Arsenal – hence why Lejeune is now considering other options.

"We have tried to find a solution with the Premier League, but we did not have any official contact.

"The situation now is that we are working hard in the Spanish and French market, and we want to finalise a deal in the next few weeks.

"I find it strange because he is a big talent, and he wanted to move to England but we have had no contact from any Premier League club regarding a deal," Cauvy concluded.

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