“I’ve Been In Talks With Arsenal….They Are Very Interested”

By on January 9, 2014

The agent of Senegalese defender Cheikhou Kouyate claims he has held talks with Arsenal over a potential move and states that we are “very interested” in signing the centre-back.

Kouyate was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer but the move broke down due to work permit issues. He’s since been granted a Belgian passport which means he’s able to move to any European club and it appears a switch to Arsenal could be back on.

The players agent, Saffet Balkan, has been quoted in today’s press as saying that he has been in talks with both Arsenal and Liverpool about a move to the Premier League, but we hold the most serious interest and he expects his client to move to England ‘soon’. He said:

“I have been in talks with representatives from Liverpool and Arsenal over Cheikhou Kouyate.

“Arsenal are very interested in Kouyate. It’s very likely that he’ll be joining a Premier League club soon.” [source: Daily Star]

The 24-year-old is a beast of a centre-back, standing at 6 foot 4 inches, so he’d certainly give us a presence at the back if he does end up joining.

However, he’s highly unlikely to come straight in and displace either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny in the starting eleven, so he’s probably viewed as a back-up or possible long-term replacement for Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgian is likely to leave in the summer if he doesn’t win back his place in Arsene Wenger’s team, and as he’s currently our third choice centre-back, we’ll need someone reliable to act as back-up for Per-Kos next season.



  1. suleiman abdullahi

    January 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Pls wenger we as arsenal ever fan we are desprate to se a good strik er land in arsenal presently,since all our striker are out for injury

  2. omoniyi

    January 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    pls and pls wenger buy good striker 4 us.4 get about other strikers coming back from their injury.

  3. Dedie

    January 9, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    As my mates Sule and Omo have quoted, it’s now realistic with all 3 strikers out injured/fatigued, that an addition in that area is urgently needed. We’re TOP of the table with a fantastic team rich in experience and spirit. I can see us achieving GLORIES this season with a GOAL HUNTER upfront. A SNIPER who shoots and scores for fun! Though tricky finding a fitter in this window, we can alternatively find a temporary solution.. If we can seal a deal with Martinez well and good. If not, i suggest we go for Berba AND Morata. Cheap and safe options for the remainder of the season as we keenly prepare deals for the summer.. Kouyate would be an efficient addition too.. Good luck sir

  4. ADE

    January 9, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    We seriously need a good striker who is sharp and have good accuracy on target to compliment Giroud efforts
    upfront .

  5. M. Idris

    January 10, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Arsenal should try and buy him

  6. Ibrahim Y. Yusuf

    January 10, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Pls, mr wenger We need super power fantastic striker only not a defender

  7. Marshal

    January 10, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Arsenal hs tried,all desame tnks 2 God.sir ar7ene wenger shud add more capable player in d squad

  8. tukei denis

    January 10, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Pls wenger i wish ure sayin dat hes arrivin at emirates 2moro 4 his signature.we need agoal netter 4 us challeng al big 4 clubs dis sison.

  9. tukei denis

    January 10, 2014 at 8:36 am

    matinez is da quality we nid in emirates so wenger sign him b4 rebels go 4 him sinc dey wait 4 u 2 spot en dey com 2 tek.

  10. harmid

    January 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

    wenger we need world class striker that we can liable on it and most different above giroud and nicklas

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