Joseph Okumu’s agent has reportedly confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the defender.

Gent's Joseph Okumu celebrates after scoring during a soccer match between KAA Gent and KV Mechelen, Saturday 07 May 2022 in Gent, on day 3 (of 6) of the 'Europe' play-offs of the 'Jupiler Pro League' first division of the Belgian championship. BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY (Photo by BRUNO FAHY / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Gent’s Joseph Okumu celebrates after scoring during a soccer match between KAA Gent and KV Mechelen, Saturday 07 May 2022 in Gent, on day 3 (of 6) of the ‘Europe’ play-offs of the ‘Jupiler Pro League’ first division of the Belgian championship. BELGA PHOTO BRUNO FAHY (Photo by BRUNO FAHY / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Joseph Okumu currently plays for KAA Gent.

The 25-year-old Kenyan centreback enjoyed a strong 21/22 season, playing in 43 matches, excelling in many.

As a result, he has caught the attentions of a number of clubs including Arsenal, Celtic, and Borussia Dortmund.

That’s according to Niewsbald.be in Belgium who report that Okumu’s agent, Emeka Obasi of the Elite Project Group Ltd, has confirmed the interest of those clubs.

Okumu only signed for Gent last summer when he moved for £3.15m from Elfsborg in Sweden where he’d been for two years.

He is currently under contract until 2025 and a move to Arsenal would represent a remarkable rise for a player who, just three years ago, was playing for Real Monarchs, a third-tier side in the MLS.

Okumu signed for the Monarchs on a free transfer from AFC Ann Arbor before moving to Elfsborg the following year for £162,000.

Just two years playing in Sweden saw Okumu’s value rise almost 20 times to over £3m, so it will be interesting to see what he goes for this summer if he moves.

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