According to the French radio station RMC, Arsenal have contacted Ligue 1 side St Etienne in regards to their centreback Kurt Zouma.
I don’t have any further details apart from that at present as the piece hasn’t made its way on to their site.
Zouma is an 18 year old French player so he’s ticking a load of boxes already in the ‘is this likely or just more transfer nonsense?’ sweepstakes.
Born in Lyon, Zouma made his way to St Etienne in 2009 from Vaulx en Velin and made his breakthrough in to the senior side in the 2011-12 season.
He has represented France at u16 and u17 level and took part in the 2011 FIFA u17 World Cup as well as the 2011 UEFA European u17 Football Championships.
At the end of May it was reported that the player, who signed a deal with St Etienne until 2017, was all set for a move to Russia to join Anzhi with Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea all amongst his admirers. At the time it was said that they would pay £8.5m for him. I’m not really sure what is happening with that link.
So, he’s young, he’s French and relatively unknown with a price tag in the region which Wenger quite likes when they aren’t free. Clearly on his way.
Thanks to @HighburyStand for the heads up on this link.