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Director says Arsenal will have to pay a lot more than £13m to sign 'tackling master'

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The Mirror reported a few days ago that Arsenal were plotting a move for Club Brugge’s Ivorian defender Odilon Kossounou.

The report claims that former Gunners Gervinho and Emmanuel Eboue have given Arsenal glowing recommendations about the 20-year-old defender, and Edu is set battle Inter Milan for his signature.

Kossounou only joined Brugge at the start of last season from Swedish side Hammarby. They have reportedly inserted clauses in the deal that saw him move to Belgium, and that will make him expensive now for interested parties.

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Hammarby sporting director Jesper Jansson told Fotbolskanalen: “No, I’m not surprised (about links to Arsenal and Inter Milan) because I followed him when he was here.

“We have followed him down in Belgium and his progress in Club Brugge and have contact with them. I do not think it (£13 million) will be enough. But it is clear that as usual there are clauses written if he were to be sold on.”

Who is Odilon Kossounou?

Kossounou is definitely someone we should keep an eye on. The Ivorian, still only 20, is on multiple European clubs’ radar. It’s only a matter of time before he makes the big jump, and it might well be to Arsenal.

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The former Hammarby man is naturally a centre-half but he can play in defensive midfield too. He has been brilliant for Brugge since he joined them and his performances this term have made Soccerment label him as a ‘tackling master’ in their scout report.

Kossounou still has a long way to go but he has all the characteristics to become a top defender. Gervinho and Eboue are reportedly huge fans of him, and it really wouldn’t be a surprise if Arsenal consider signing him this summer.

However, if Jansson is to be believed, we’ll have to pay a lot more than £13 million for his signature.

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