Arsene Wenger has begun plans to strengthen his Arsenal defence this summer by placing a £2.5m offer for young Le Havre left-back Benjamin Mendy, according to the Daily
However, the French club are holding out for a fee thought to be around £5m after missing out on promotion to Ligue 1 last season. Le Havre finished 10 points off promotion in the French second flight and don’t need to sell their best players at discount prices.
Wenger is a known admirer of the highly rated 18-year-old, who is a central figure in the France U19 squad and out of contract next summer – a factor that could force Le Havre’s hand should Arsenal up their offer.
The 6ft 1in defender played 28 league games last season, creating three goals.
Even at double the initial transfer bid, Mendy would be a cheap addition to Arsenal’s squad and provide competition for the left-back position currently contested between Kieran Gibbs and £8.5m January buy Nacho Monreal.
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