Sagna: Diakhate would be a great signing for Arsenal
Published 22:45 26/05/10 By Darren Lewis
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna believes that £10million-rated star Pape Malickou Diakhate would be an excellent signing for the club.
MirrorFootball revealed on May 5 that the 25-year-old Dinamo Kiev centre-back is set to become the Gunners' first defensive signing this summer as Arsene Wenger revamps his backline.
Versatile Diakhate can also play at left-back, left-midfield and defensive midfield. He has Champions League experience having played against the Gunners for Kiev two years ago and he has an EU passport having come through the ranks at French club Nancy.
Right-back Sagna said: "I know him. He is Senegalese like me and plays for the national team. He played for Nancy in France so I played against him a few times.
"I have met him a few times and he is a very good guy and a very good player.
"He is very dangerous at set-pieces. I don't know what the plan is for next year. We are all waiting to see what the manager does but Malickou he would be very welcome in our team."
The Kiev star is back in the Ukraine after six months on loan at French club St Etienne.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, however, has entered the race to sign him while Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is also said to be keen.
But Arsenal are understood to be in pole position with out-of-contract Sol Campbell a target for Celtic and William Gallas almost certain to quit the club for either Paris St Germain or Roma this summer.