Deal ongoing- African centre-back could become Arsenal’s first anuary signing

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London club are one of five Premier League teams that are keen on signing Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam. The London club may have to beat north London rivals Tottenham to Togo international’s signature, as well as Everton, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.

La Liga club value Dejen at nearly £22m and that French giants Monaco have already seen a bid of £12.8m for the centre-back rejected. Dakonam is regarded as one of La Liga’s top centre-backs with the Sun adding that the versatile defender was named in the Spanish top-flight’s Teams of the Year in the past two campaigns.

This achievement is even more fantastic considering that the 28-year-old defender’s managed this feat in his just two La Liga seasons (not including this season). Togolese star has played 22 games across all tournaments for Getafe this campaign, his reliable displays are certainly one of the reasons why his side are currently sitting 7th in the table.

The Sun reports that Djene’s deal runs until 2023, although Premier League clubs are keen on snapping up the centre-back in a cut-price move after his 28th birthday last month. Arsenal signed David Luiz from Chelsea and William Saliba from Saint-Étienne during the summer transfer window, but they still have problems in the back-line.

London club’s defensive woes seem to be continuing under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal need to add reinforcements at the back-line to bolster their chances of getting their season back on track. Mikel Arteta should also be prioritising a move for a defender following the long-term injury to Calum Chambers.

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