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Arsenal are closing in on an agreement to sign Pape Gueye from Ligue 2 side Le Havre in the summer, described as a blend of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.
The 21-year-old could become new boss Mikel Arteta’s first permanent signing since taking over the reins from former manager Unai Emery in December.
The Gunners completed loan deals for centre-back Pablo Mari from Flamengo and Portuguese right-back Cedric Soares from Southampton in the January transfer window.
According to Jeunes Footeux, central midfielder Gueye could join in the summer for as little as £5million.
This wouldn’t be Arsenal’s first foray into the French second division, having picked up Matteo Guendouzi from FC Lorient in 2018.
The 20-year-old box-to-box midfielder has hit the ground running for the north London club, making 21 league appearances so far this season.
France Under-19’s international Gueye could follow in the footsteps of Guendouzi, and has been described in France as a mixture of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante in terms of profile, standing a 6’1″.
The left-footed, deep-lying playmaker has made 37 appearances for Le Havre since signing his first professional contract in 2017.
The historic French club have seen the likes of Premier League stars Paul Pogba, Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy all rise through their ranks in recent years.
This could be the start of a busy summer window for the Gunners, with rumours that star trio Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette could all face the axe.