Arsenal tipped to draw first blood in race for La Liga defender

Arsenal has been tipped to make the first move for Jules Kounde as they continue to rebuild their team.

The Frenchman has emerged as one of Europe’s best young defenders in recent seasons and he has attracted the attention of top teams around the continent.

Arsenal has to rebuild their squad and their defence is one key part of the team that needs to be rebuilt.

This is because they have just released David Luiz and the Brazilian was an important member of their back four.

Kounde is attracting the attention of the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid also, but Marca via Sport Witness says Arsenal will probably be the team that makes the first move for him.

There is no guarantee that they would succeed in their bid to sign him unless they meet Sevilla’s demands.

His current release clause stands at 80m euros, but the report says the Spanish side values him at around 60m euros.

Arsenal’s exact budget for the next transfer window remains unclear, and the player will also have to accept Arsenal’s offer before a deal can happen.

The absence of European football will affect Arsenal’s chances of landing him considering that they would compete with several top sides for his signature.

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  1. Why? Probably the position were most loaded at. GIVE SALIBA A CHANCE! Him and Gabriel could be a top partnership. We need a cm, rb and back up lb first and foremost. I’d put a striker (maybe even a gk) ahead of a CB

    1. Topgun86, I concur with your common sense appraisal.
      Also Arsenal has some young up and coming defenders, who will be hopefully knocking on the door like Daniel Ballard 21yo, Mark McGuiness 20yo and Zech Medley 20yo.

  2. No need for more central defenders IMO, even with Luiz leaving.
    As far as I am concerned Saliba has done very well, where he has been playing since he signed with us. I agree with Topgun86, its due time, that Saliba is given at chance.

  3. How many central defenders will Arsenal sign for God sake? Instead of looking at the main areas of needs ( left and right fullback, central midfield and centre forward). Saliba and Mavrapanos are there and both had a good season.

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