Arsenal and Liverpool free to sign international defender as French giants sign replacement

Arsenal and Liverpool have been given a clear path to the signature of Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour after the Ligue 1 side finalised the £1.8m deal to sign Felipe Macedo, the Daily Express reports.

The Tunisian international has been in high demand this summer, and Monaco are seemingly preparing for his imminent departure by snapping up his replacement.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool have been heavily linked with his signature, while Aston Villa and Newcastle are also rumoured to have taken more than a passing interest in his services.

But now a report in French Football News claims he’ll be allowed to leave the principality after Monaco completed a £1.8m deal for Goias centre-half Felipe Macedo.

Monaco are due to announce the 21-year-old’s arrival at some point on Friday afternoon, meaning Abdennour will be free to head to England in a proposed £11.5m deal.

“Felipe will join up with Monaco this evening and have medical tests on Friday,” the club’s sporting director confirmed.

“The sale has been finalised. An agreement exists and the financials have been discussed.”

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