Tuesday, 3rd June, 2014
Saint-Etienne are willing to let Arsenal-chased Stephane Ruffier leave the club this summer, but only if they receive the right offer for the custodian before 30th June, according to French magazine But!
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is very interested in roping in the 27-year-old, following Lukasz Fabianski’s departure to Swansea City.
However, Arsenal have to act quickly if they want to acquire the services of the goalkeeper as Saint-Etienne will not be entertaining offers for Ruffier after 30th June.
And if by that time no club put forward a decent bid for the former Monaco man, Saint-Etienne will be determined to keep hold of Ruffier for the 2014/15 campaign, even though his contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
The French international, who joined Les Verts in 2011, kept 16 league clean sheets in the recently concluded season and helped his side to finish fourth in the Ligue 1 table.
He has a solitary senior cap for France to his name and has represented the nation at Under-21 level.
Ruffier started his career in the youth ranks at Monaco, a club Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger managed between 1987 and 1994.