Sevilla have decided against taking up their €6m option-to-buy for FC Porto defender Miguel Layun, according to reports in Portugal.
A Bola (via Sport Witness) report that Sevilla have ‘abdicated’ their €6m clause. Previously it was believed they had until the end of the month to take up the option, but it seems they’ve already let the player’s parent club know they don’t plan on using it.
The outlet names Arsenal as one of the teams following the player as a result, along with Olympique Marseille and AC Milan.
Most of the interest in Layun is as a result of his performances with Mexico so far in the World Cup. He started in their wins against Germany and South Korea, playing on the right-hand side.
Layun is a very versatile defender, playing on either side as a full-back, and even in defensive midfield at times. He could make a good squad option for Arsenal as a result.
Right now, he’s hardly a priority signing for the club though. There’s no need to go spending money on another squad player when certain first-team positions still need strengthening, for example centre-back or the wing.
Unless Layun is available for very cheap, or another player leaves Arsenal in the near future, I can’t see this one happening.