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banner Thursday, 14 June, 2001, 07:52 GMT 08:52 UK
Arsenal and Chelsea fight for Geremi
Geremi in action against Manchester United
Geremi in action against Manchester United
Arsenal and Chelsea are set to be involved in a battle to sign Cameroon international defender Geremi Njitap from Real Madrid.

Real and Chelsea officials have reportedly agreed a 6.6m fee but Arsenal are thought to have targeted the right-back as well.

Geremi would fit into both sides as Chelsea are set to lose right-back Albert Ferrer during the summer while Arsenal will be looking for a successor to the ageing Lee Dixon.

Geremi said: "I am not a regular at Madrid, and Chelsea are more than a good team."

The two London clubs would certainly be buying a winner, as in the last 18 months, the 22-year-old has picked up a staggering collection of honours.

He took the African Nations Cup with Cameroon in January 2000, the Champions League with Madrid a few months later, Olympic gold in September in Sydney and then the Spanish league title last month.

Geremi has failed to hold down a starting spot at Real Madrid
Geremi has failed to hold down a starting spot at Real Madrid
However, Geremi's international commitments, especially in Cameroon's World Cup qualifiers, led to him losing his place at right-back to Michel Salgado.

He started at Oviedo on Sunday but most of his recent games have been as substitute.

He said: "I have a contract with Real Madrid and they can sell me if they want, but they have to ask me first. I am happy here but I am not a regular."

Madrid are keen to cut their huge wage bill and to make a big profit on the player.

Geremi was bought only two years ago by John Toshack for 2.5m after he had won the foreign player of the year award in Turkey at modest side Genclerbirligi.

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