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Agent Confirms Arsenal’s Interest In Defender, Player Set For Move
The agent of Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour has confirmed that Arsenal are among the clubs showing a keen interest in signing him this summer.
Abdennour has been in excellent form for Leonardo Jardim’s side this season and showed us just how good he is with a superb display during their 3-1 Champions League win at the Emirates in February.
It seems the 25-year-old old left a lasting impression on Arsene Wenger as his agent, Abdelkader Jilani, has now confirmed that Arsenal are keeping a close eye on the centre-back and had scouts watch him in action against Juventus on Wednesday night.
Abdennour only recently signed a new deal with the Ligue 1 side but Jilani hinted that he could be set for a move at the end of the season after saying ‘things will move quickly as soon as the season is over’.
However, if we do make a formal move for the Tunisian international, then we’re likely to face competition from the likes of Tottenham and PSG.
He told reporters:
“He has only just extended his contract with Monaco. Everything is going well for him. I think he has proved today that he is one of the best in his position in Europe.
“He is only 25 and a lot of clubs are interested in him. Arsenal do not miss any of his matches. They were there again (at Monaco vs Juventus). They know him very well.
“Other big clubs like Tottenham are also interested. Some big Spanish and Italian clubs are very interested. PSG are very interested in him. They really have an eye on Aymen. But we are not yet at the negotiation stage.
“PSG have only just been eliminated from the Champions League. The club has other things to deal with. But for his progression, the only club capable of signing him in France is PSG.
“We do not have any offers yet. Now it is not yet time to make offers. Now is time for approaches. But things will go very quickly as soon as the season is over.”
I was really impressed by Abdennour when he played against us in the Champions League this season and I’m sure we could pick him up at a reasonable price.
The question is, would be be good enough to force his way into the Arsenal first team? We only signed Gabriel in January and I expect he’ll make a real push to replace Mertesacker next season.
Perhaps if Per decides to head back to Germany, then we could bring in Abdennour as his replacement, but I personally don’t see him being a regular in our side.
If he’s happy to be a back-up then he’d be a great signing, otherwise I don’t see this one happening…