Former Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou could reportedly be returning to the Premier League this month, with relegation threatened side Swansea City keen on his signature.
According to The S*n, new City manager Carlos Carvalhal is looking to the Swiss international to bolster his backline, after catching wind that Djourou could be available on a free transfer this month.
The 31-year-old signed for Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor from German Bundesliga outfit Hamburg last summer, where he’s gone on to make just six appearances this season. Djourou is reportedly owed money by his new club, which could see him considering an exit less than six months after joining.
Antalyaspor are enduring a financial crisis, and could lose their new recruit if the situation isn’t resolved. Djourou’s agent Costa Bonato said: “Being able to play at the World Cup finals is uppermost in Johan’s mind.
“Antalyaspor owe him a lot of money, and he will stay – but only if they can guarantee to pay his salary. But if not, we will forget about the money if they let Johan leave on a free transfer.”
Swansea aren’t the only club keen on the 70-cap defender, however, with two unnamed Championship sides and Swiss duo Lausanne and Sion also monitoring his progress. City do have a pressing need, as they currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League, with the third-worst goal difference.
Having an experienced defender in the backline could be a major benefit, with Djourou having made 140 appearances for Arsenal, 104 for Hamburg, while also featuring for Hannover 96 and Birmingham City.
He was suffering from a thigh injury, but The S*n’s report suggest he’s recovered, meaning he’d complete a medical if any deal was agreed. And despite Arsenal being in the market for a defender, it doesn’t appear they’re keen to bring back the 31-year-old.