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Stephane Ruffier attracting interest from Arsenal

Posted on July 13, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

France international goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier has been linked with Arsenal this summer. His asking price is said to be around £6M.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has long been a fan of the 26-year old. He previously tired to procure his signature a number of years ago, but a deal failed to materialise.

Ruffier signed for Saint-Etienne from newly-promoted Ligue One side AS Monaco in 2011 – making 128 appearances in six-years for his old side.

Fiorentina and Roma are two other sides said to be looking at procuring his signature this summer, but the Saint-Etienne man is said to favour the Premier League over Italy.

The 26-year old has only made one appearance for the France national team (in 2010 against Norway). A potential move to the Premier League could see him in contention of more call-ups.

‘St Etienne would like to keep him but if they get a good offer they would let him go. Currently there has been contact with an English club. Therefore, a future in the Premier League is a possibility.’ – Patrick Glanz, Ruffier’s agent.

The Arsenal manager needs potential cover after selling goalkeeper Vito Mannone to Sunderland, which could see Ruffier coming to the Emirates for the 2013/14 season.

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