Arsenal have been handed a major transfer boost to complete the signing of highly rated Ligue 1 star, according to reports.

Lyon star Samuel Umtiti has expressed his desire to ply his trade in England leaving many big shots in the Premier League in red alert for the star that is regarded as one of the best youngsters in the Ligue 1 currently.

Among the many clubs in the Premier League said to be keen on the services of the France U21 international is Chelsea – who have valid reasons to pursue the defender after their horrendous start to the season – conceding a plethora of goals.

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have a history of scouting his native France for the best talent, and it would be little surprise if the impressive Umtiti became a priority target.

Speaking about his future, Umtiti said playing abroad is a dream of his, with the Premier League and La Liga his ideal destinations.

‘I’m very ambitious, I have quite a few goals, but I’ve still got many things to learn with Lyon,’ he said.

‘Going abroad is a dream, there are very great clubs that you dream about. England? Everyone admires that league.

‘I would say I prefer the Spanish game, but to be honest, I don’t have a real preference.’


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