The Mirror reported over the weekend that Arsenal are considering a move for Club Brugge star Odilon Kossounou.
The report claims that former Gunners Emmanuel Eboue and Gervinho gave Edu a glowing recommendation, and that seemed to have convinced Arsenal to make him one of our top summer targets.
A versatile defender, Kossounou has been making all the right noises since joining Brugge at the start of last season. His performances in Belgium have caught the attention of multiple top clubs, including Arsenal and Inter Milan.
The report revealed that the Ivory Coast international would cost just £8.5 million. However, a media outlet in Belgium have revealed that Brugge will demand a lot more than that.
Voetbal Belgie have claimed that Kossounou will cost at least £17.2 million this summer – more than double the price quoted in the English media.
That is a lot of money for a 20-year-old who hasn’t played a single game in one of Europe’s top leagues. However, if the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan and Arsenal are looking at him, he must be doing something right.
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Edu will be a very busy man this summer. Arsenal will need to bring in a lot of quality to strengthen the side, but it would be a big shock to see us blow over £17 million on a young defender with no top-level experience whatsoever.
Even if David Luiz leaves the club, we will still have Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Magalhaes and Calum Chambers. William Saliba and Dinos Mavropanos will also return which makes it six centre-halves.
Arsenal don’t really need another young defender to come in and warm the bench. However, if Edu and co truly believe that he has what it takes to become world-class, it might well be a gamble worth taking this summer.