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Arsenal make bid for Nice’s Dalbert

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal have made a bid for OGC Nice defender Dalbert Henrique. Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says Inter Milan are after the Brazilian too. The Ligue 1 side are reportedly asking for £13m but it’s unknown why Arsenal would be in bid for another left-back.

Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac signed for Arsenal this summer, joining Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs as left-back options ahead of the new season so the Gunners arguably don’t need another one. Their alleged pursuit for Dalbert may suggest Monreal and Gibbs’ future is in doubt, or that Kolasinac might be utilised as a centre-back.

Gibbs is expected to be on his way out this summer regardless, with Newcastle United, Watford, Stoke City and Brighton & Hove Albion linked. And with Arsenal deploying a three-man central defence with wing-backs, the likes of Dalbert would be a good addition to the side due to his more attacking qualities compared to the likes of Monreal and Gibbs.

The 23-year-old Arsenal-target made 33 Ligue 1 appearances for Nice last season, making three assists and averaging a tackle or interception every 21 minutes. With more than 90 crosses whipped in and 86 attempted dribbles, Dalbert is an offensive full-back who can be dangerous in the final third.

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