Barcelona move ahead of Arsenal in defender chase following talks

Barcelona have entered into talks to sign defender Malang Sarr, with Arsenal previously having done the same previously.

The 21 year-old defender left his former club Nice at the end of his contract this summer, is mulling over where he would like to play going into the new campaign.

FranceFootball claim that Barcelona have spoken with the centre-back about a regular role in the Catalan club’s first-team next season, which could well see them jump to the front of the queue.

This could well come as a blow to Arsenal, who The Sun also claim have held talks with the Frenchman over a possible move to the Emirates, although I doubt that he would have been given such assurances over guaranteed minutes given the likes of David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, William Saliba and the prospective arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes also.

Sarr enjoyed a thoroughly impressive campaign with Nice this term, in his fourth season as first-team regular after breaking into the side’s senior side at the age of 17, and has been a regular for the French youth set-ups amidst his progression, featuring at each level from Under-16 up to the Under 21 side, making 44 total appearances across the international youth teams.

He is believed to have been of interest to a number of clubs this summer, with his contract situation an obvious boost to potential suitors, but it remains to be seen whether Bara’s latest advances will be enough to get his signature over the line.

Can a young player overlook an offer from the likes of Barcelona with the guarantee of first-team football included?

Patrick

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7 Comments

  1. ozziegunner says:

    Having Saliba moving in from St Ettienne, having bought Mari, Mavropanos on loan, Mustafi’s improved form and Holding, Socrates, Chambers and Luiz on the books, how many CB’s did anyone think Arsenal would buy this window.
    Arsenal was interested in Malang Sarr as he was a free transfer; however they have now shifted their attention to Gabriel, who they obviously believe is a better player.

  2. The Deluded One says:

    On a positive note there are reports that Napoli is interested in Sokratis.

    #fingerscrossed.

    If we wanted Sarr you would have thought we would have sorted that already with him being a free transfer. Interestingly no other club has snapped him up either.

    1. RSH says:

      Oh i am praying to the gods this is true! We need to send Napoli a thank you note if that happens

  3. durand says:

    I know Sarr has played as a CB and LB and has good strength and decent technique. Does anyone know if he has spent anytime in a DM position? Could he play as a DM with Arteta’s coaching gravitas? I think it would be interesting to see, just throwing it out there.

    1. ACE says:

      Not sure he has featured in that
      role for Nice over his career in
      Ligue 1 but he certainly has the
      physical attributes to be a
      difference maker in the middle
      of the pitch. I personally think
      MS is a fantastic talent whos
      youth, versatility and price tag is
      definitely worth a punt.

      I’d take him over Socratis, Holding,
      and Chambets ALL DAY LONG

  4. RSH says:

    Look at that FIFA card! We are mad to pass on him!!!! That confetti means he is certified top class

  5. Declan says:

    If we are linked with anymore defenders our formation will be 9-0-1.

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