Rennes starlet emerged as surprise transfer target for Arsenal


Arsenal are allegedly in a transfer battle with city rivals Tottenham Hotspur for Rennes sensation Lesley Ugochukwu.

The 18-year-old French versatile midfielder is already drawing plenty of attention with his showings.

According to L’Equipe, the capital enemies have been taking a closer look at him in recent weeks and both sides could look to pounce with summer bids.

The Gunners have Thomas Partey as their main holding midfielder with Albert Sambi Lokonga – but Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka could both depart this summer.

The prodigy, who is under contract at the Roazhon Park outfit until 2024 the club’s youth sector way back in 2012.

Lesley progressed through the ranks and made his first-team debut in April 2021 by coming on for midfielder Steven Nzonzi.

This season he has featured in 17 matches across Ligue 1 and the UEFA Europa Conference League.

The highly-regarded player missed nearly two months of action in 2022, though, with an ankle problem.

But Ugochukwu returned to the bench for the second leg versus Leicester last week and got 11 minutes two weeks ago as Rennes smashed Metz 6-1.

Lesley, who is the nephew of ex-Rennes and Nigeria centre-half Onyekachi Apam, made his France U18s debut in 2021.


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