BAD NEWS: Arsenal Dealt SHOCK BLOW In Bid To Sign Ligue 1 Star

Samuel Umtiti has been offered a new contract to ward-off interest from Arsenal and Liverpool. [Picture: AP]

Samuel Umtiti has been offered a new contract to ward-off interest from Arsenal and Liverpool. [Picture: AP]

Arsenal have been handed a massive summer transfer blow in their pursuit of Ligue 1 star, according to reports from France.

Popular French newspaper outlet Le Parisien, claim that Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool have been handed a transfer blow in their bid to secure the signature of Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti, after the Ligue 1 outfit offered the defender a new deal.

Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly keen on bringing the defender to England.

In a bid to ward-off interests from the Premier League as well as across Europe, Lyon has offered the 21-year-old a significant pay-rise to tempt the Cameroon born star into extending his stay at the Stade de Gerland beyond 2017.

The no-nonsense defender has emerge as the latest Lyon player to be linked with a move away from the club, with attacking duo Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir also attracting massive interests from major clubs across Europe, with Arsenal also keen.

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