English Premier League outfit Arsenal and Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona are now both leading in the race for the signature of Malang Sarr this transfer window.
Both clubs are looking at adding new defenders to their team ahead of the coming season after suffering some defensive blunders in the just-concluded season.
The 21-year-old recently ran out his contract with French Ligue 1 outfit Nice and that makes him a free player and available to teams in the summer market as he refused to extend his contract with the club.
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The Mail reports that the Gunners are hoping to land the player while the Catalans are also very keen on his signature and could splash the cash on him.
Arsenal are hoping to land Brazilian international Gabriel Magalhaes from French Ligue 1 club Lille and that means they could drop their interest in Malang Sarr.
This development could hand a major boost to Barcelona who will have a free hand to convince the player of a move to the Spanish La Liga as he will attract less financial responsibility.
Barcelona may likely part ways with French defender, Samuel Umtiti as he is reportedly on the list of the players that would be sold this summer window.