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Done Deal: Arsenal target complete transfer move

The Gunners have lost out in the battle to sign Lille defender Djibril Sidibe, with reports coming out from ESPN claiming that he has signed with Monaco despite a late push from Arsenal for the full-back.

The French news outlet L’Equipe had previously reported that Arsenal had come in with a late bid of €15m and had spoken to the representatives of Sidibe, but reports now claim that Arsenal have left it too late.

Sidibe signed a five-year deal with Monaco after completing a move from Lille on Friday. He chose to commit his future to the club until 2021.

The France international told Monaco’s official website that, "I'm very proud to sign for AS Monaco, a historic club in the French league,"

"I'm very happy to be here. I'm focused on the sporting side and AS Monaco is the club I was looking for, to take my career to the next level."

Sidibe began his career with Troyes before moving to Lille four years ago.

He has scored seven times in 96 Ligue 1 appearances, and his four goals during the last campaign were the most scored by a French defender in the top five European leagues.

Monaco CEO Vadim Vasilyev also commented on the signing of the Lille defender, "Like Benjamin Mendy, Djibril Sidibe is a talented defender who, despite his young age, has solid experience at professional level and in Ligue 1,"

"We are delighted to welcome Djibril to AS Monaco's sporting project, and his arrival reflects our commitment to strengthening the quality of our defence, and the squad as a whole."

Monaco are set to loan midfielder Rony Lopes to Lille, as well as paying €15m with some added bonuses – a deal which their Ligue 1 rivals found too good to turn down.

The France international is the now the second player to reject Arsenal by moving to AS Monaco, with Jamie Vardy having done so last month – instead choosing to sign a new long-term contract with the Premier League champions Leicester City.

Arsenal’s summer transfer dealings could further deteriorate, as there are reports that claim Alexis Sanchez is poised to make a potential transfer to Juventus; the Italian club made a bid for the 27-year-old, which was rejected, but they are set to continue their interest.

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