Arsenal and Chelsea on the transfer trail of French ace

Arsenal and Chelsea are set to fight it out for the signature of highly-rated Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, The Sun claim.

The France international starred for his club in their unexpected Ligue 1 title triumph last season, and has been heralded as one of the most promising youngsters in the European game.

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to AC Milan, who have admitted their interest in signing the centre-half before the end of the transfer window.

However, Arsenal and Chelsea are also keeping tabs on the defender, who is available for around £7 million due to only having one year left on his contract.

The defender has stated that he is happy at Montpellier but would find it hard to turn down a big club, with the London duo hoping to capture the player before the end of the week.

By Gareth McKnight

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