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Arsenal set to agree deal to sign defensive midfielder Pape Gueye

Gueye has made 22 appearances in Ligue 2 for Le Havre (Getty Images)

Arsenal are closing in on an agreement to sign Pape Gueye from Ligue 2 side Le Havre in the summer, described as a blend of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.

The 21-year-old could become new boss Mikel Arteta’s first permanent signing since taking over the reins from former manager Unai Emery in December.

The Gunners completed loan deals for centre-back Pablo Mari from Flamengo and Portuguese right-back Cedric Soares from Southampton in the January transfer window.

According to Jeunes Footeux, central midfielder Gueye could join in the summer for as little as £5million.

Frenchman Guendouzi has been Arsenal’s breakout star in midfield (Picture: Getty Images)

This wouldn’t be Arsenal’s first foray into the French second division, having picked up Matteo Guendouzi from FC Lorient in 2018.

The 20-year-old box-to-box midfielder has hit the ground running for the north London club, making 21 league appearances so far this season.

France Under-19’s international Gueye could follow in the footsteps of Guendouzi, and has been described in France as a mixture of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante in terms…