By Jack Malone

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are closely monitoring young Arsenal defender Kristopher Da Graca, a report in The Sun claims.

The 18-year-old has yet to appear for the Gunners’ senior side and may well look to leave in order to strengthen his prospects of regular first-team football.

The Swede joined the North London club as a youth player and initially impressed before a knee injury curtailed his progress.

He has made several appearances for Arsenal’s second string already this season but sees his chances of making the leap to the seniors as slim.

With fellow centre-backs Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Rob Holding all ahead of him in the pecking order, Da Graca knows that barring an extreme injury crisis he will not be getting near the first team any time soon.

Arsene Wenger will endeavour to keep hold off the ball-playing centre-half, but with his contract due to expire next June he could be facing an uphill battle.

The lure of PSG may prove to be too strong for Da Graca and we could see him plying his trade in France in the near future.


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