Arsenal Transfer News: Capoue Admits He Could Leave Toulouse in the Summer; Sakho Also Keen on Premier League Move

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Mar 23, 2013 05:02 AM EDT
Etienne Capoue Marco Verratti Toulouse Paris Saint Germain
Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue (R) could be the solution to Arsenal's defensive midfielder problems next season "


Arsenal target Etienne Capoue has admitted he would prefer a move to the English Premier League in the summer, with fellow Frenchman Mamadou Sakho also revealing his desire to leave his club Paris Saint Germain.

The Gunners are looking to bring in a defensive midfielder for next season, with Victor Wanyama along with Capoue touted as the most likely candidates.

While Alex Song might not have been the most defensive of midfielders, Arsene Wenger has not quite been able to replace the Cameroonian since his departure to the Barcelona bench last summer.

Both Wanyama and Capoue have been extensively scouted by Arsenal, and with the latter admitting he is open to leaving Toulouse in the summer, Wenger might be ready to put in a bid.

"At the end of the season, I will sit with my club and we will decide," he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"I am 24 years old now and if there is an interesting opportunity abroad, I want to take that challenge.

"I think I am ready to handle it, I am the right age but ultimately Toulouse will have a big say.

"The interest from English teams is there, so let's wait and see at the end of the season."

Along with Arsenal, Everton, Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle have also been linked with a move for the French international.

Another player who could be on his way to the Premier League and indeed Arsenal is Sakho, after the central defender again admitted to being frustrated at being third-choice at PSG.

The arrival of Thiago Silva from AC Milan last summer has seen Sakho's playing time considerably reduced and the 23-year-old is desperate to be involved more, with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil not too far away.

"In the mind of the PSG coach, I'm the third (choice)," Sakho told L'Equipe.

"I finally come to accept it even if I do not understand it.

"I have to play at club level to qualify for the France team. Next season will be important.

"It's been a difficult year and a half for me at PSG. To continue my progress, I must be playing."

Sakho's current contract with PSG expires in the summer of 2014, so if Arsenal were to make a move, he would not be too expensive, which would suit Wenger perfectly.

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