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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners to battle Borussia Dortmund for Marseille ace Christopher Rocchia

Arsene Wenger plotting January swoop for the 19-year-old French defensive prospect as he prepares to go head-to-head with Bundesliga giants to bring the soon-to-be out of contract left-back to the Premier League

Arsenal are planning a swoop for Marseille defensive prospect Christopher Rocchia.

The left-back, 19, is rated the French club’s most promising youngster.

Arsenal are plotting a move for Marseille defender Christopher Rocchia

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Arsenal are plotting a move for Marseille defender Christopher Rocchia

The left-back is out of contract next summer at the French giants

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The left-back is out of contract next summer at the French giants

He captains their reserve side and has been named understudy to their ex-Manchester United star Patrice Evra.


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The Gunners’ chief French scout Gilles Grimandi has contacted Rocchia’s advisors after being impressed by the teenager’s displays, according to FootMarcato.

And club chiefs may now table an official bid for the Marseille-born prodigy in January.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has also made an approach for Rocchia.


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The defender will be out of contract next summer, and Marseille have offered him a much-improved new deal to 2020.

However he is strongly tempted to quit his underachieving hometown club for England or Germany.

Arsene Wenger could be tempted to launch a move in January

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Arsene Wenger could be tempted to launch a move in January

Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc also wants the youngster

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Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc also wants the youngster

And he is believed to favour the prospect of becoming the latest recruit to Arsene Wenger’s French legion at the Emirates.

Both the Gunners and Dortmund are well known for giving first-team opportunities to talented young players.

And a source close to Rocchia said: “When you take a look at the reservoir of young players to have emerged from these two clubs, you think Rocchia has every chance of success with them.”

Former Arsenal star Gilles Grimandi has already spoken to the starlet's advisors

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Former Arsenal star Gilles Grimandi has already spoken to the starlet’s advisors

Grimandi is now the head scout in France for the Gunners

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Grimandi is now the head scout in France for the Gunners

Arsenal hope Grimandi's French connections will help them to get a deal over the line

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Arsenal hope Grimandi’s French connections will help them to get a deal over the line

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