Arsenal have turned their attention to Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue after deciding against following up on their interest in Rennes star Yann M’Vila.
Arsenal were keen on French international M’Vila and were supposed to strike a deal after the Euros. But the 21 year old’s off field indiscipline has forced the Gunner boss to Capoue who has been very impressive for the Ligue 1 outfit for the last couple of seasons.
Arsenal were close to signing the young Frenchman a couple of years back but Toulouse managed to hold on to the promising midfielder and extended his contract till 2014. However, the hard tackling French U 21 captain could be allowed to leave this summer if the Londoners meet the club’s valuation. Toulouse manager Alain Casanova has admitted that the club would have no other option but to cash in on the player if a good offer comes along.
“I hope to keep him, but if we get an offer we can’t refuse we will have to negotiate,” Casanova is quoted as saying in French newspaper Le 10 Sport.
“He’s a very good footballer with the potential to succeed in a great team in the best league in the world.”