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Arsenal and Tottenham among clubs to battle over France starlet

| 04.04.2013

As PSG’s big-spending antics have drawn great attention to France’s Ligue 1 this season, it is safe to assume that a number of young players throughout the division have caught the eye of visiting scouts.

As Arsenal and Newcastle in particular have most recently proven, there is vast talent to be discovered in the French top flight, often available at modest prices.

And Sochaux defender Sebastien Corchia could become the latest player to make the jump to the Premier League.

Corchia, 22, has enjoyed a terrific campaign from a personal standpoint with Les Lionceaux, earning a reputation as one of the brightest prospects in Ligue 1 as a result.

His club remain locked in a relegation battle, sitting only two points clear of the drop zone, with the France under-21 international desperate to contribute to a successful Sochaux survival bid.

If he can do this, his stock will rise higher still, but it appears certain that Corchia’s future will be a point of contention this summer, no matter what the immediate fate of his current club.

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are both said to be preparing £8m bids, as each aim to provide competition for their starting full-backs.

Bacary Sagna’s Emirates future is uncertain, whilst Andre Villas-Boas has noted a dip in Kyle Walker’s recent form, and wants to add Corchia to a squad that he hopes will be competing in the Champions League next season.

Ultimately, which club makes the top four could be the deciding factor in where Corchia’s future lies, after the player already admitted he wishes to play at a higher level in the future.

“For now I am thinking about Sochaux and want to save the club from relegation,” he told French newspaper, L’Equipe.

“After that my dream is to go to a big club. We will wait and see what happens at the end of the season.”

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee