Dimitri Payet could leave Marseille in cut-price £6m deal

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Arsenal and several other Premier League rivals appear to have been alerted to the potential availability of Marseille winger Dmitri Payet.

This is according to The Daily Mirror, who reports that the Gunners - along with the likes of Newcastle and West Ham - could now enter into a battle for Payet, who is apparently set for a bargain £6 million move away from the Stade Velodrome.

A skilled winger who possesses an abundance of pace, Payet only joined Marseille from Ligue 1 rivals Lille last summer but it looks as if he edging closer to a premature exit with new boss Marco Bielsa expected to be allowed to retain the most crucial members of his squad.

FA Cup finalists Arsenal - whose initially encouraging 2013/14 campaign ended in a desperate scrap just to make the Champions League - will presumably have more pressing transfer priorities other than the purchase of a new winger this summer.

However, Arsene Wenger is obviously a manager celebrated for his attacking approach to the game so it would not come as much of a surprise to see him express an interest in such a talented and exciting player at a fee you would imagine is actually slightly below his market value.

And while Arsenal obviously endured a difficult period towards the end of the season, you would surely expect them to be viewed as a significantly more attractive proposition to prospective new signings than the likes of Newcastle or indeed West Ham, both of whom are heading into uncertain summers with their respective managers each potentially facing the sack.

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