Arsenal new boss Unai Emery is reportedly considering a summer move for AS Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia. The France international has been with Monaco since the summer of 2016 and Sidibe managed to help the Ligue 1 giants to title winning the previous season.
According to Le10Sport, the Gunners are being fancied to hold imminent negotiations regarding the French footballer, who is capable of plying his trade on either side of the central defenders.
It is added that the Emirates outfits are keen to wrap up the agreement at the earliest possibility with the Frenchman due to be involved at the World Cup finals under Didier Deschamps.
United have utilised experienced full-backs in the form of Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac on the right and left side of the backline, but Sidibe could rather be seen as a competitor for the former.
Bellerin has been Arsenal undisputed first-choice for the right-back spot this season but considering his poor performances over the course of the season, the new Gunners manager would no doubt want a new cover who can easily come in and replace the Spaniard.
Monaco sold off Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City last summer for a then-record fee of £52m for a defender and as per The Guardian, the Principality outfit are likely to demand a sum in excess of that to sanction Sidibe’s sale. Although, the Transfermkt blog is rating the Frenchman at £20.70 million.
The Frenchman currently has more than four years left on his existing contract but just like in the past, Monaco are prepared to see through the exit of key players, provided their asking price is matched.