Gunners join chase for Dacourt

Last updated : 18 July 2002 By Brian Cartlidge
But, the French midfielder has warned the two clubs vying for his signature that any deal must be underway by this weekend, before Leeds begin their 15-day pre-season tour.

Dacourt told the Sun newspaper: "Other than Juventus, Arsenal are also interested, but I need to know.

"I don’t want to join a squad just before the start of the league season.

"Therefore, it’s clear on my part, I will leave by Saturday or I’ll stay at Leeds."

"I’m giving myself another 48 hours from today (Thursday) to negotiate and complete my transfer.

"After that, in my head, I won’t want to go. Discussions are continuing, and I am affected by time because we’re leaving soon for a 15-day tour of Australia and Hong Kong with Leeds."