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Arsenal boss Arteta draws up transfer shortlist of defensive targets including Malang Sarr in case Magalhaes bid fails

MIKEL Arteta is already lining up a plan B if his bid for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes fails.

Magalhaes is Arsenal's top defensive targetCredit: Getty Images - GettyHowever, the deal is not yet done and Arteta is said to be keeping his options open, according to Goal.

He is also said to have held talks with fellow French youngster Malang Sarr, 21, who is a free agent after leaving Nice.

RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano, 21, has also been a long-term target for Arsenal, having shone in the Bundesliga and Champions League.

The Frenchman appeared to quash all transfer talk after penning a new deal with the German side.

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