Mathieu Valbuena on Arsenal's radar

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French international Mathieu Valbuena could be set to leave Marseille with Arsenal among the clubs keeping tabs.

That's according to talkSPORT, who carry quotes from the player's agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, who makes it clear that Valbuena would consider a move away if the opportunity arises.

Speaking to L'Equipe he said: "He has a contract with Marseille and that is not a small club, it is a great French club.

"But considering his performances and if there is an opportunity from another club, it is something we would consider - and Marseille would too.

"There is no specific destination yet but there is contact with some clubs in various European championships."

Valbuena at the World Cup

The diminutive Frenchman has been excellent in his two World Cup starts for Didier Deschamps' side this summer, scoring in the 5-2 demolition of the Swiss. He was rested against Ecuador with France already assured of their spot in the last 16.

And with a move potentially on the cards, his good performances have put a few clubs, including Arsenal, on alert.

There's plenty of interest in the 29-year-old though, with Valencia, Liverpool, Fiorentina and Napoli all keen on him too.

Liverpool will pose Arsenal's biggest threat in the Premier League, as both clubs feel Valbuena would fit perfectly into their style of play.

Valbuena at Marseille

He's been at Marseille since 2006, making more than 220 Ligue 1 appearances for the south coast side and featuring in their Champions League campaigns.

Although a move would be coming towards the end of his career, his displays at the World Cup are evidence of his ability, and his game has never relied on pace or physical traits to be successful.

But why would Arsenal want him?

It does beg the questions though, why would Arsene Wenger be looking to sign a player like Valbuena when he has so many similar stars in his squad.

In Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, he's got three smallish attacking midfielders, each with excellent technique but not exactly the most physically imposing.

Of course you can never have enough quality players, but spending on Valbuena diverts resources that could otherwise be used elsewhere - chiefly on the recruitment of a new striker to compete with Olivier Giroud.

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