Arsenal have reportedly placed Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou on their shortlist despite being aware of the fact they probably can’t afford him.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28:  Wesley of Club Brugge collides with Dan-Axel Zagadou of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge at Signal Iduna Park on November 28, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images,)
DORTMUND, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 28: Wesley of Club Brugge collides with Dan-Axel Zagadou of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge at Signal Iduna Park on November 28, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

Dan-Axel Zagadou is a new name in the Arsenal transfer rumour mill and it is no surprise to see he’s a player the Gunners can’t afford. They can’t afford much in this window to be fair.

A story that started in France Football, Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing the 20-year-old who arrived in Germany from PSG on a free transfer in 2017.

The PSG link is important because he was there when Unai Emery was manager and, although the Spaniard never picked him for the first team, those links are enough to generate a story about Arsenal’s interest.

Zagadou is out of contract in 2022 and, although roughly estimated to be worth around £25m, he will probably cost more than that.

BVB have an ‘oversupply’ of defenders with Mats Hummels returning to the club for £27.45m after three years with Bayern Munich.

“We are aware that we have an oversupply of defenders,” said BVB technical director Michael Zorc in conversation with Ruhr news.

See. Told you.

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