Armand Traore set to join Benfica

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Benfica are on the verge of signing Arsenal defender Armand Traore, according to the 20-year-old's agent.

The Frenchman is expected to complete his £3.2million switch to the reigning Portuguese champions at some point this week and will reportedly pen a four-year deal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger already has Gael Clichy and Kieran Gibbs as his left-back options and has decided to dispense with Traore's services.

The player's agent, Richard des Voeux, told A Bola newspaper:"A number of European clubs were interested in Armand but the Benfica option is more important in many aspects.

"The interest is real and we are at a sensitive stage (of negotiations). Armand is aware of contacts between Benfica and Arsenal.

"Benfica are a wonderful club that would interest any player. Obviously, Armand is very interested and excited about the possibility of coming to play at Benfica. Nothing is finalised, but things can be decided very soon."

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