Arsenal are reportedly planning a swoop for highly-rated Marseille defensive prospect Christopher Rocchia.
The left-back, who captains Marseille’s reserve side, is understudy to former Manchester United star Patrice Evra and is regarded as the French club’s hottest young prospect.
Arsenal’s chief French scout, Gilles Grimandi, has contacted Rocchia’s advisors after being impressed by his displays, according to FootMarcato via The Sun.
It is reported that Arsenal are ready to table an official bid for the 19-year-old in January, but they will also face competition from Borussia Dortmund.
The report goes on to state that Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc has also made an approach for Rocchia, who is out of contract next summer but has been offered a new deal until 2020.
It is understood that the defender is keen on a new challenge, with Marseille having fallen behind the likes of PSG and Monaco in Ligue 1.
Indeed a source close to Rocchia told the report in The Sun: “When you take a look at the reservoir of young players to have emerged from these two clubs [Arsenal and Dortmund], you think Rocchia has every chance of success with them.”