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Arsenal face Napoli battle for Toulouse keeper Lafont

Arsenal face a battle with Napoli for long-term transfer target Alban Lafont.

The 19-year-old Toulouse goalkeeper has established himself at the French side despite his tender years and has attracted attention from across Europe.

L'Equipe says Lafont is being tipped to replace Hugo Lloris as Les Bleus' No.1 in the future and the Gunners see him as the ideal replacement for the error-prone Petr Cech and David Ospina.

There is no suggestion that Didier Deschamps will fast track him into contention to oust the Tottenham star.

Napoli will likely lose Pepe Reina to AC Milan on a free transfer, meaning they can also offer Lafont first team action but with the bonus of Champions League experience - which the Gunners are unlikely to be able to offer.

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