With the business end of the season about to kick in, it means we’re almost ready for one of the most entertaining and speculative periods of the football season, the summer transfer window.
And this year’s summer window could be one of the biggest yet with some of the biggest stars in the game all being rumoured with moves, and of course, all the major teams will be vying for those players that can lead them to glory.
Arsenal are a team in desperate need of a summer refresh. With long-term injuries to the likes of Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding as well as the departure of Aaron Ramsey, Unai Emery’s side will certainly be dipping their toes into the transfer market for recruitments.
One name to pop up recently is Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam. The 27-year-old defender, who goes by Djene, has been reportedly been personally scouted by Emery himself during Valencia – Getafe this past weekend according to Spanish outlet AS.
With a release clause of £31 million (as per Football.London) and Djene being an essential clog in Getafe’s incredible season in La Liga, helping the Madrid-based side to fourth in the table and keeping out the second fewest goals in the league this season, it seems like a possible move for Arsenal, who need defensive reinforcements.
So what are the potential consequences of Arsenal signing Djene should the move come off?
A dubious La Liga signing
Arsenal’s history with signings from Spain’s top division has been mixed for the past few seasons. For every Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez that’s been a hit at the club, there is a Lucas Perez and Gabriel Paulista who have failed in north London and been shipped off.
The Gunners have to be certain that Djene will not fall into the ‘failed La Liga signing’ category. At 27, the Getafe centre back is in the prime of his career and making the leap from Spain to the Premier League might seem like the next logical step in his career.
Djene might be a success at Arsenal, however, with how poor some signings from Spain have been in recent years, Emery and the transfer committee have to be 100% certain Djene is the man they need to sure up the defence.
No room left for Mustafi
With Djene brought in and Holding back before Christmas, what does that mean for Arsenal’s other centre backs?
Sokratis has been the Gunners’ best central defender all season whereas Laurent Koscielny is the captain of the club, and you really can’t see Konstantinos Mavropanos being shipped out with the young Greek showing glimpse he has a future at the club. That just leaves Shkodran Mustafi, who Arsenal fans will be more than happy to see leave the club.
The German defender is another player that fits in the ‘failed La Liga signing’ category. Mustafi has failed to make the grade in north London in hilarious fashion, being at the heart of many Arsenal defensive errors and falling out of love with the fan base because of it.
The 26-year-old won’t be short of suitors, and if Arsenal are able to find a club willing to sell him too, the former Valencia defender could find himself out of north London with the arrival of Djene.
Money left to continue spending
With limited (as per the Daily Mail) funds for summer signings for Emery to use, the Spaniard has to be certain every signing counts in the transfer window, and at £30 million for a first-choice centre back the Arsenal manager will have room to bring in more recruits.
Defence is the priority in the summer, and if Emery is to solve that with just £30 million then the rest of the transfer war chest could be used on bulking up other areas of the pitch such as the midfield.
Arsenal fans, would you take Djene in the summer?
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