With no one sure if Kieran Gibbs will stay at Arsenal or leave and Debuchy certainly leaving, Arsenal needs another defender, ideally someone who can play both left back and right back. Here is it not a surprise we have been linked with Djibril Sidibe. But according to report, Djibril Sidibe has signed with French Ligue 1 club side Monaco despite a reported late interest from North London club Arsenal for the full-back.
It was reported that the 23-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 outfit Monaco after completing a move from another French Ligue 1 side Lille on Friday.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had tried to lure the full back out of the reach of Ligue one side Monaco’s with a €15 million counter-offer as reported earlier in the day by L’Equipe.
The defender has now decided to reject Arsenal’s late advances and opted to commit his future to the principality club until 2021.
“I’m very proud to sign for AS Monaco, a historic club in the French league,” Sidibe told Monaco’s official website.
“I’m very happy to be here. I’m focused on the sporting side and AS Monaco is the club I was looking for, to take my career to the next level.”
The defender, who started his career with French side Troyes before moving to Lille four years ago, has since scored 7 goals in 96 Ligue 1 games, and his 4 goals last season were the most among French defenders in the top five European leagues.
“Like Benjamin Mendy, Djibril Sidibe is a talented defender who, despite his young age, has solid experience at professional level and in Ligue 1,” Monaco CEO Vadim Vasilyev said.
“We are delighted to welcome Djibril to AS Monaco’s sporting project, and his arrival reflects our commitment to strengthening the quality of our defence, and the squad as a whole.”
The 23-year-old defender has spent the last four years with French side Lille and just fell short of Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the on-going European championship, and his versatility at playing on both flanks of the defence is said to have impressed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.