Arsenal will face a fight from St Etienne’s new sporting director Damien Comoli for Les Verts pair Blaise Matuidi and Mouhamaou Dabo in January after the former Tottenham Hotspur director revealed that he intends to keep the pair at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had reportedly been on the verge of signing 21-year-old Matuidi just before the transfer window shut in the summer, but Matiudi’s, transfer was blocked by the French club, with the former Troyes player staying at the Ligue 1 side.
This was despite the French Under-21 International declaring an interest in leaving St Etienne for the Emirates Stadium.
“I asked myself questions at the end of August after Arsenal showed their interest,” Matuidi told The Sun.
“An opportunity to join them is not something ordinary. It gives you great self-esteem - it is Arsenal.
“At the end of the season we will have talks, anything is possible.”
Recent reports have also linked Wenger with versatile defender Dabo, with Wenger seeing the 21-year-old as an ideal squad member at the Emirates due to the defenders ability to play on the right or left. However, Comoli has revealed that while the players are under contract at St Etienne he intends to fight to keep hold of his two young stars.
“Matuidi and Dabo are under contract with the club and we want to keep them,” Comolli told setantasports.com.