Lazio midfielder Ousmane Dabo has denied agreeing a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal.

The 29-year-old midfielder becomes a free agent in the summer and although he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of staying at Lazio, he has been linked with a switch to Highbury. However, the midfielder has played down the speculation, claiming he has yet to decide on his next move.

“I read in the press the rumour of a pre-agreement with Arsenal, but it is not true,” Dabo told But! “I have not signed anything with Arsenal or any other team.

“Maybe The Gunners are following me.

“I know other English sides have shown some interest. I also heard about Newcastle.

“I am reaching the end of my contract,” he continued. “As I am achieving the best season of my whole career, the press and the Lazio fans are putting pressure on┬áto extend me.

“The problem is Lazio still have financial troubles and can’t offer big wages. So the team could disintegrate.

“Lazio offered me a six-year extension. I asked for a three-year contract, but with better wages.

“My agent should meet the chairman soon.

“Next season I want to play in the Champions League, whatever the country,” he added. “It is true that, after eight years in Italy, it would be not so bad to discover a new country.

“I am a 29-year-old and I am reaching a key moment in my career.

“I will sign my last big contract and I don’t want to make any mistakes.”

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