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Arsenal ‘interested’ in triggering Frenchman’s £8.7m release clause

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Arsenal are “interested” in paying the €10m (£8.7m) release clause in Eibar centre-back Florian Lejeune’s contract, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Spanish publication say that the Gunners have been monitoring the 26-year-old all season, having sent out scouts to Spain to watch the defender in action. Tottenham are also believed to be interested while the Mirror have reported that Newcastle United have all but sealed a deal for the Frenchman.

Lejeune’s club Eibar are said to be reluctant to allow the player to leave, and it seems they will require any club to pay the centre half’s buyout clause in order for  a transfer to go ahead.

The defender is a former Manchester City player after signing for the Blues from Girona, but he was immediately loaned back to the Spanish club and never played a game in the Premier League. He then switched permanently to Eibar last summer but after helping the La Liga minnows to a tenth place finish last season, the centre-back is now attracting interest from a whole host of clubs.

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