HomeTRENDING NEWSArsenal's Strategic Pursuit: Edu Explores AFCON Wonderkid, Contemplates Triggering £68m Release Clause

Arsenal’s Strategic Pursuit: Edu Explores AFCON Wonderkid, Contemplates Triggering £68m Release Clause

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Arsenal’s Strategic Pursuit: Edu Explores AFCON Wonderkid, Contemplates Triggering £68m Release Clause

Arsenal’s sporting director, Edu, is poised to oversee an active summer transfer window in North London. Scouts from Arsenal have been deployed to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to closely monitor Ousmane Diomande, an emerging talent from Ivory Coast.

Diomande has garnered interest from several top European clubs, prompting Edu to consider triggering his release clause to secure the player’s services.

While the likelihood of Arsenal meeting the £68 million release clause before the end of the month is slim, the club is positioning itself for a potential transfer battle in the upcoming summer.

Reports from Portuguese outlet A Bola suggest that Chelsea, Newcastle, Manchester City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Juventus are all vying for the 20-year-old’s signature, with Arsenal actively monitoring Diomande during his AFCON participation.

Scouts are on a special mission to compile detailed reports on the center-back, who made a £6.4 million move from Danish side Midtjylland to Sporting last year. Sporting stands to make a substantial profit if Diomande maintains his high-level performances.

Diomande, a towering 6ft 3in presence, appears physically suited for the Premier League, prompting Edu to consider acquiring him in the summer to bolster competition at center-back alongside William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes.

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Diomande is set to compete for Ivory Coast against Senegal in the round of 16 on Monday evening, and even if his stock rises further during the tournament, Arsenal is likely to delay significant moves until the summer transfer window reopens.

The Gunners’ notable business since the turn of the year has been recalling Marquinhos from an unsuccessful loan spell at Nantes.

Possible outgoings before the deadline include Cedric and Mohamed Elneny, while defender Jakub Kiwior, acquired for £20 million from Spezia last January, has faced speculation about limited playing time.

Despite reportedly blocking all routes leading back to Serie A for Kiwior, Arsenal may reconsider their stance if Diomande joins the club, further reducing Kiwior’s opportunities on the field.

Arsenal’s Strategic Pursuit: Edu Explores AFCON Wonderkid, Contemplates Triggering £68m Release Clause

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