Arsenal needs a huge shakeup with multiple areas to be strengthened, none more so that the centre back positions and according to the latest reports we are making moves on multiple fronts to secure the best defenders that we can afford.
Earlier this week it had been reported that we had tabled an offer for Sampdoria centre half Joachim Andersen and you can add now the name of Djene Dakonam to the list of defenders we are targeting, according to Marca.
A price of £31 Million has been touted for Dakonam while Andersen price is included in the £44 Million offer for the Dane and his Sampdoria teammate Dennis Praet.
That means that it is very likely that we are talking in excess of £50 Million for those two defenders, if not more.
Now that is some serious money and it does show that the club is very serious about sorting out the weakest areas of the team.
It should also be noted that a significant portion of the wage bill has been reduced with four first-team players being officially released yesterday.
It must bring into question the futures of both Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny at the Emirates with so many defenders being linked us because it is not just Andersen and Dakonam that we are reportedly interested in acquiring for the defence and you have to think that once we do sign new defenders that means some of the underperforming players will be offloaded.
I do not know how strong the rumours are with regards to Dakonam or for that matter Andersen but I simply cannot see us not signing at least one, probably more central defenders, there is just too much speculation now for nothing to happen.
And even if half the reports are true it indicates we are spending big this summer, far more than the £40 Million that has been widely reported.