Arsene Wenger Keen To Sign French Defender Eliaquim Mangala

Robin SAnalyst IFebruary 26, 2010

Arsenal are interested in Standard Liege's French U-21 centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.

He was signed by Liege during the summer of 2008 and has shown steady progress with the Belgian side since then.

Several other clubs are also believed to be tracking Mangala's progress.

Teams like Glasgow Rangers, Lyon, and Paris St Germain are all interested in securing a deal for the versatile centre-back, who can also play as a defensive midfielder.

Attention from various corners has forced Liege to slap a €10m price tag on the 19-year-old.

Ironically, Mangala scored his first goal for Liege in a Champions League group tie against Arsenal back in 2009, however his team went on to lose the game 3-2 after a stunning come back by Arsenal from a two goal deficit in the opening four minutes.

The promising youngster has also featured in the French U-21 squad once, so undoubtedly he's got the potential to ply his trade in one of the Europe's top clubs.

After losing out on Chris Smalling, Arsene Wenger is on the look out for a new defender. The Gunners are set to lose both Mikael Silvestre and Philip Senderos in the summer leaving behind a huge void in the Arsenal defence.

Mangala may only be 19, but he's a tough player with an imposing physical presence, just what Arsenal need at the moment.