Arsenal are part of a growing number of European clubs that are interested in Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, reports Talk Sport.
Although Wojciech Szczesny has secured the number one jersey for Arsene Wenger’s side in his third season at the Emirates, there are still question marks over his long-term suitability for the role.
The Polish international is an accomplished shot-stopper but also prone to lapses in concentration and poor decision-making continue to creep into his game at vital moments. He was dismissed for a poorly timed tackle on Arjen Robben as the Gunners were beaten 2-0 in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg clash with Bayern Munich and was also given his marching orders in the opening game of Euro 2012 following a similar incident.
Wenger is reportedly keen to bring in an experienced new recruit to provide Szczesny, who made an obscene gesture when he left the field against Bayern Munich, with competition as Lukas Fabianski has declared he will leave the north Londoners at the end of the season in the pursuit of regular game time.
28-year-old Marseille keeper Mandanda, who has won Ligue 1?s goalkeeper of the year award on two occasions, has been a permanent fixture in the side since his arrival from Le Havre in 2007.
Rated in the region of £8 million, the Frenchman, who has 16 international caps, is also on the radar of Roma and Monaco, while La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid, who look increasingly likely to lose on-loan Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea, are also reportedly interested in his signature.Published 04 Mar 2014, 04:00 IST