Arsenal are closing in on Saint-Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
The France U21 international is seen by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as a potential replacement for former skipper Gilberto Silva, now with Panathinaikos.
Matuidi is expected to attract an £8 million offer from Arsenal in January, though Tottenham and Chelsea have also had scouts at St Etienne games in recent weeks.
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