Raphael Guerreiro
FC Lorient defender Raphael Guerreiro is on the radar of top European clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester City.[Getty]

Arsenal and Manchester City are set for a transfer battle in signing FC Lorient defender Raphael Guerreiro, according to Le 10 Sport.

The 21-year-old joined the Ligue 1 club in 2013 and has been one of the key players for Sylvain Ripoll during the team selection. This season, the left-back has already managed four goals and an assist in 20 league matches and has been the goal scoring defender for his side.

Guerreiro's form for Lorient has attracted interest from England and Europe and he has also received a call from the Portugal national side. In his second international game, he scored the only goal of the match during Portugal's 1-0 win over Argentina at Old Trafford.

The French-born Portuguese full-back's contract with his current employers runs down in the summer of 2017. His style of play has seen him being compared with Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao.

Guerreiro has a lot of clubs chasing for his signature and the Premier League duo, Arsenal and City are keen to add the rising star to their squad. The English clubs are likely to face competition from their European outfits in landing the Lorient star.

The same report also claims that Ligue 1 winners Paris Saint-Germain, along with AC Milan are also in the frame for securing the services of Guerreiro. However, the Italian club's interest in the defender is still in the early stages and they have not approached Lorient in signing him.

Meanwhile, Guerreiro admitted that he is flattered by the recent rumours linking him to top clubs in Europe. He admitted that he is targeting to continue his stay in France and hinted that a move to PSG could be on the cards.

"It's always nice to see things like that. After when one is focused on his club, we do not do too much attention. It's always nice to hear that stuff. I am for Paris in Ligue 1," Guerreiro said, as quoted by Le 10 Sport.

"It's interesting when you hear things like that, but for now, there is no preference. If I can stay in France initially, it is sure that I will do," he added.