Arsenal have discovered that one in every of Mikel Arteta’s essential summer season targets, Odilon Kossounou, will cost greater than double the price they initially anticipated to spend.
Kossounou, 20, spent six months with Hammarby after becoming a member of from ASEC Abidjan in January 2019. The defender made an impression in just 9 appearances, with the Brugge Club holding him in the summertime of 2019.
He made just 4 begins amongst seven Belgian First Division A appearances throughout 2019-2020. However he has loved 22 league outings for league leaders who’ve run away this season.
Brugge is 15 points away from Royal Antwerp and Kossounou has played his half. Ivory Coast’s international score is excessive within the European sport.
With the power to learn the sport well and timing his tackles to perfection, he’s in excessive demand. Arsenal joined Wolves to be linked over the weekend.
The Gunners had anticipated the referee to cost round £ 8.5m – £ 10m – a worth Arsenal have been happy to fulfill.
Nevertheless, with Inter Milan and AC Milan becoming a member of the skateboard, its worth seems to have modified dramatically.
Certainly, Voetbal Belgie is now claiming that any membership desirous to land Kossounou this summer season must participate with £ 20m.
That may leave Arteta and the technical director Edu with some severe pondering to do. Funding is tight at Arsenal and many excessive earners are prone to leave this summer season to lift funds.
Nevertheless, with Milan apparently seeing Kossounou because the inheritor of Alessio Romagnoli, the Ivorian comes with great pedigrees.
Certainly, sports director Paolo Maldini is ‘personally enthusiastic’ about Kossounou. He hopes Milan will even make it a top precedence in the summertime – therefore the worth enhance.
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4 tipped to leave Arsenal
Arsenal plan to make room for newcomers this summer season by promoting undesirable 4 stars.
The Gunners allowed a number of high-profile stars to move forward in January as they cleared the deck. Individuals like Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Chaad Kolasinac have been allowed to move on. Nevertheless, the exodus will not cease there, with Edu additionally making an attempt to unload at the least two extra as a part of Arsenal’s rebuild.
In response to the report, the top two profiles of those can be striker Alexandre Lacazette and defender David Luiz.
Brazilian defender Luiz can be out of contract on the end of the season. He appears prone to leave as a free agent. Lacazette, in the meantime, has lost his place within the first team, however would nonetheless doubtless cost a switch price of round £ 25m.
The Gunners additionally need two loan stars to move on to generate additional income in Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.
Guendouzi joined Hertha Berlin on a season loan over the summer season after falling out with Mikel Arteta. Though impressed within the Bundesliga, the paper claims there isn’t a means back for him within the Emirates. Arsenal are reportedly searching for round £ 25m for its providers.
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