Transfer blow as Arsenal and Chelsea defensive target pens new contract

Arsenal and Chelsea have been rocked in their chase for Lyon ace Samuel Umtiti, with the defender penning a new contract with the French club, according to reports from the Express.

Umtiti has been heavily linked with a move away from Lyon in recent weeks after an impressive season, helping his side finish second only behind Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue-1.

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And it was thought he would be available this summer, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho previously hoping to line him up alongside Kurt Zouma in a long-term centre-back pairing.

However, with the Gunners and Real Madrid also keen, the 21-year-old has decided to extend his stay at the Stade de Gerland for two more years until 2019.

This means that interested clubs will be forced to look elsewhere, with Premier League winners Chelsea already preparing a massive £34million bid for Everton centre-back John Stones.

Umtiti played 40 games in all competitions last season, scoring two goals.