Chelsea & Arsenal joined the race to sign Marseille defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Chelsea and Arsenal will fight it out for the signature of France international defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

The versatile 23-year-old captained unfancied Montpellier to the French title in May.

He has a year left on his deal and would cost £7million.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer but Chelsea sent scouts to watch Yanga-Mbiwa in Montpellier’s 1-0 loss to Marseille on Sunday.