Arsenal ‘send representatives’ to rival Prem duo for defender

Date published: Wednesday 25th May 2016 1:42 - Oli Fisher

Djibril Sidibe: Arsenal revving up interest in defender

Arsenal are looking to snap up their second summer signing as they pursue a talented Lille defender.

According to Spanish agency Fichajes, the Gunners are monitoring Djibril Sidibe, with Gunners’ representatives have been sent to open talks with the attacker.

The 23-year-old is believed to be valued at £11m by the French side, who has been linked with Watford and Everton in the past few days.

A versatile defender, Sidibe admitted his desire to play in the Premier League.

“Both championships I like [Premier League and La Liga]. In England, the game is more open, there is a lot of intensity and commitment. There, ten teams can be champions. Spain pleases me too, it’s a championship based on conservation, with great intensity.

“I walk step by step, a lot of players left young enough without what is needed to win in these championships. If one day I think, with my coaches and my surroundings, I can go, it would be a great pleasure.”

The Troyes-born starlet is a versatile defender, and is aware of the skills required to succeed at the top level.

“I played in attack when I was a child. Then I alternated the defensive midfield position and center-back. As the seasons, I switched to the right with Jean-Marc Furlan. This is where I feel best. I like from below because I have a larger vision and have the time to analyze before taking action.

“We can talk about tactics quality Lahm, technical Dani Alves, Maicon power or physical impact of Sergio Ramos. Then we try to take a little of each of the defenders.”

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