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Arsenal to secure 21-years-old Ligue 1 centre-back as David Luiz set to depart Emirate

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21-years-old Ligue 1 centre-back

As everyone is looking to improve their squad this transfer summer, Arsenal is not left out, as they are strengthening their team according to their budget.

They are plotting a raid for 21-years-old  Ligue 1 centre-back Loic Bade in the summer transfer window. However, they are ready to battle against from Serie A giants Milan while the likes of Sevilla and Stade Rennais are also interested.

Loic came through the ranks at Paris before switching to the Le Havre youth setup. Having played seven senior games for the club, the defender signed for Lens last summer and has immediately established himself as a mainstay at the heart of the back-line.

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Indeed, Bade has not missed a single Ligue 1 game this term when he has been available for selection.

Standing at 1.91m tall, the French defender can be an imposing presence at the back and backs it up with deceptive ground speed and sharp ball-playing skills and has shown the capability to come out on top during one-on-one situations.

His rapid rise in stature over the past year since joining Lens has not gone unnoticed, with Milan tracking him from winter earlier this year at a time when the Reds had also shown interest.

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For the Rossoneri, Loic is seen as an alternative to on-loan Blues defender Fikayo Tomori in case they are unable to match Chelsea’s asking price for the Englishman.

In addition to that, there have been rumblings about the future of club captain Alessio Romagnoli, with the Italian being linked with the likes of Barcelona, leaving Milan in need of a new defender ahead of next campaign, making Bade a viable target.

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