Unai Emery wants to sign 26-year-old centre-back Dakonam Djene from Getafe CF this summer, according to reports in Spain.
Sunday’s AS wrote that Arsenal are the latest suitor to come in for Djene, and the ‘most worrisome’ to Getafe’s hopes of keeping the player. Emery reportedly wants the player for next season, and will have to pay €35m (£30.7m) to activate his release clause.
The centre-back has been a mainstay of the Getafe defence in 2017/18, only missing 180 minutes of league football in the entire campaign. He picked up a number of yellow cards in the first half of the season, and as a result ended up with a suspension that accounts for 90 of those missed minutes.
The Togo international’s biggest strengths come off the ball. He’s a fantastic tackler, rarely loses his concentration, and make interceptions regularly. His passing hasn’t been nearly as consistent though, with 70.6% pass accuracy for the season.
He’d therefore certainly represent a deviation from the norm when it comes to Arsenal players. It’s perhaps unfair to judge his ability with the ball in a team like Getafe though, who only averaged 42.3% possession and 65.9% pass accuracy in 2017/18. Against those benchmarks, Djene actually did relatively well.
We’ll see if Arsenal’s interest develops into anything more in the coming weeks.
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