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Arsenal have joined Manchester United in tracking AS Monaco defender Layvin KurzawaReuters

Arsenal are reportedly tracking AS Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa, who is also a target for Manchester United.

According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners' scout Gilles Grimandi has been keeping close tabs on the French defender and Arsene Wenger could approach the player during the January transfer window.

Earlier in the season, there were reports that suggested the Red Devils were close to signing the defender, after the player himself admitted that United are the club of his dreams.

Kurzawa, who recently got picked up by the French national team, has been in fine form this season and his impressive performances have attracted the attention of various teams. It is believed that apart from the two Premier League clubs, Bavarian giants Bayern Munich are also interested in signing the AS Monaco left-back.

Kurzawa, who has been with the Ligue 1 club since 2007, made his senior debut in 2010. The French defender is currently contracted to Monaco till the summer of 2018, and interested clubs will have to fork out at least £15m pounds to acquire his services.

Arsenal have been facing multiple problems in defence this season, with first team defenders being injured at various points which has led to the team struggling to keep clean sheets. The most recent defensive capitulation came at the hands of Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium when the Gunners conceded 3 goals in the first-half, following which Wenger branded his defence 'soft' and 'tender'.

The French manager had already indicated earlier in the season, that he is looking to bring in more cover in defence during the January transfer window and has earmarked various targets, with Ipswich Town's Tyrone Mings and West Ham United's Winston Reid being the most frequently mentioned names.