Arsenal transfer rumours are heating up with each passing day.
Ahead of what is shaping up to be a busy summer for the Gunners, the likes of Yves Bissouma, Sander Berge, Max Aarons and Josh Doig have all been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium.
In addition, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he would like to sign Martin Odegaard on a permanent basis after the midfielder impressed whilst on loan from Real Madrid.
And it would appear that the Gunners boss is targeting a new central defender to replace David Luiz, who is leaving the club when his contract expires next month.
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde has reportedly emerged as a target for Arsenal.
That is according to The Athletic, who claim that the Gunners have taken a liking to Kounde, who has also been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United.
However, there are a couple of problems that make a deal highly unlikely.
One being Kounde is said to be unwilling to join a club not playing Champions League football next season – and Arsenal won’t even be in Europe in the 2021/22 campaign.
The other issue is the 22-year-old’s reported £50million price-tag and given Sevilla director of football Monchi revealed a ‘magnificent offer’ for Kounde from Manchester City was rejected last summer, it’s clear that Arsenal would have to meet that asking price if they’re serious about completing a deal.
“We felt or did what we thought was fair and in defence of the interests of the club, also in an ambitious way, because many people would have chosen to accept that offer,” Monchi told El Desmarque last year.
“We value pros and cons and believe in the player, that has been key.
“We believe in the projection of a 21-year-old boy with a lot of ground to make up.
“Despite being a magnificent offer, very very good, it did not satisfy the requests or what we thought of the player.
“Perhaps it was not what he was worth, because possibly that offer was close to what he was worth at that moment; also we have to think about what he can be worth.”
Source by Football London