Arsenal hijack Marseille efforts to sign Leandro Trossard deal

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Marseille have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of out-of-favour Brighton attacking midfielder Leandro Trossard (28). L’Equipe are reporting that Les Phocéens were in talks for weeks with the player’s entourage, but Arsenal have hijacked the deal and are now leading the race to for the Belgian’s signing.

Trossard fell out with Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi and was considered a priority signing for OM president Pablo Longoria and OM sporting director Javier Ribalta. Trossard would have been a statement signing for the Ligue 1 second-placed outfit, following Gerson’s exit and Amine Harit’s season-ending knee injury.

L’Equipe are reporting that the Seagulls expect a fee between 20 and €25m for the Belgian international, who scored a hat-trick during Brighton’s frantic away draw against Liverpool earlier in the Premier League season. The player is said to be very keen to play for the Gunners and, according to L’Équipe, Marseille have almost given up hope on his signing.

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